On Sunday, our pals at Green Brain Comics in Dearborn were shocked upon awakening to find a mini-van had crashed into their store. Although it looked dramatic, and took out an 8-foot long shelf of kids’ comics—and a bathroom, setting off a flood—the shop was in good enough shape to reopen today.


Luckily no one was injured and owners Dan and Katie Merritt have insurance, but you might way to stop by and pick up a few extra items to help out.

Although cars crashing into comics-related building probably doesn’t happen any more often than crashes into non-comics related buildings, this is the third such incident we can think of off the top of our head.

In 2003, a drunk driver slammed into the offices of Slave Labor Comics.

In 2006, a 16 year old driver crashed into the Mesa headquarters of the Phoenix-area Atomic Comics chain, closing the store for 5 months. The incident led to the chain eventually closing down.

Okay, that’s only 3 times in a decade—very scary but no injuries!


  1. I’m glad everyone is okay!
    The more times I see this photo it makes me think it would be kinda neat if Dan & Katie could have kept the van in the wall somehow. Hallowed the insides out and filled it with a comics. Maybe word of mouth would spread and they could have capitalized on it somehow. ;)

  2. I think Green Onion Comics in Philadelphia has a car go through their display window in the early 1990s. I don’t think the store is there any longer … thing in closed sometime around 2003 or thereabouts.

  3. Been there today. All cleaned up and selling comics! Yes, the bathroom is toast, and the wall is boarded up, but it could have been worse.

  4. I like the idea of using the hole to their advantage. Hero’s World, the old Geppi stores in the mall had an entrance that was cut out like a busted wall. I remember jumping through it many times as a kid pretending I was the Hulk busting through to get some comics.

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