Mike’s Comic Hut Bags

Mike’s Comic Hut Bags (1987)

Ilke over at George Perez’s website sent along some images and info pertaining to a Swampy sighting within some comic shop promo materials. While living in New York City, George Perez’s local comic shop was Mike’s Comic Hut. For a little while Perez drew promo art for the Flushing, Queens based store. He created a series of illustrations that were printed on Mike’s shopping bags. The one below, from 1987 depicts Swamp Thing.
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circa 1987

It’s certainly a small sighting but neat non the less. Gumby appears to be on top of Swamp Thing.
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Through very smart, complicated advancements in space-age technology, I was able to blow-up the image of Swamp Thing, refine the quality, reconfigure the pixel ratio and VOILA! A crystal clear image of Swamp Thing.
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Just kidding, and shame on you for believing such technology could ever possibly exist.

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I’d love to find an actual bag (above). Having a piece of Mike’s legacy and a George Perez collectible would be pretty cool. Below are some of the other illustrations that made it on the shop’s bags. The detail is impressive. I hope George was compensated with free comics for his effort.

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circa 1983

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circa 1980

Detail from the 1987 bag. It appears that the Hut changed names at one point.
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Mike’s shop closed it’s doors in 1993.
He passed away the following year.

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8 thoughts on “Mike’s Comic Hut Bags

  1. Mike Berman of Mike’s Comic Hut popped into my head today as I was watching a matinee of “Thor: Ragnorak”. I wondered what Mike thought about seeing all these great Marvel (and to a lesser extent, DC) finally getting the real big screen treatment. Cannot tell you how sad I am at learning poor Mike passed away in 1994. I was born and raised in Flushing and proud to say not only was I one of Mike’s original customers (when he sold comics out of a few ratty boxes as part of a collectibles/antiques store), but I also suggested he should have his own place. I’m so glad he listened because Mike’s Comic Hut, nicely nestled next to my favorite all-time movie theater the UA Quartet was a huge hit. Mike looked like and reminded me of the late artist Bob Ross. Big smile to go along with his afro and a kind hearted soul. Rest In Peace, Mike, and thanks for your love of comics that lives through me to this day!

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      1. I wish I did. I once met George Perez at Mike’s Comic Hut on my way home from school and he penciled a quick Thing/Ben Grimm for me. What I would give to still have that right now!

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  2. Hello Ray, I remember Mike’s when he was 1st under the UA Quartet. He used to hook me up with free comics if I fetched him his Chinese take-out from down the block. After he relocated to the old sew shop(name escapes me atm) he had the greatest setup which included all the latest arcade games, I can’t tell u how many quarters I dropped on Gauntlet! I actually got a job working there, bagging and stocking lol, and can still remember George P. dropping in from time to time. It usually caused quite a stir, but George was by all recollection a genuinely good and jovial talent. I miss those days, so thanks for posting and allowing me to share. ..I believe I still may own a few of those bags!

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      1. Sure, I’ll figure out a price and post back here once I do.

        There is (1) 1983 white bag that is in pretty nice shape besides a single crease where the bag was folded in half.

        There is also (1) 1980 brown bag that has lots of damage via folding and a couple of small tears around the bag perimeter, but the art is preserved.

        Both bags are around 10″ wide by 13 1/4″ long.

        Please feel free to give input.

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