History

Mary Alice Wilson opened Dark Star Books and Comics in 1982 in Yellow Springs, Ohio after a successful career teaching at elementary schools, high schools, Central State University, Wittenberg University and Wilberforce University. “After teaching reading for so many years to people that didn’t like to read, I decided I wanted to be in a place where people appreciated reading and books,” says Mary Alice. The store started as a small comic shop in the King’s Yard area of Yellow Springs, using her son’s comic collection after he had gone on to college. As the years passed and the business grew, the store moved across the street to a narrow storefront on Xenia Avenue (which is now part of The Emporium), and in 1989 the store moved into its familiar Xenia Avenue home.

While starting as a comic shop and then a bookstore, Dark Star has always strived to find other areas that people that love comics and love reading are interested in, like role-playing games, card games, miniature games and so much more. We’ve always had a commitment to great books and entertainment, with a science fiction, fantasy, mystery and terror slant, but also carry non-fiction books for the scholar or others with a curious mind.

Over the last 27 years we’ve opened and closed two other stores in the Miami Valley area and survived the comic industries boom and bust times of the 90s, but have remained strong in our core business: selling the best in literature – be it graphic literature like comics or prose. It looks like “the mainstream” is finally catching up to us, as comics have never been hotter or better done than they are right now. We relish the opportunity to share this with those that haven’t visited us yet, and we sincerely thank everyone that’s come through our doors in the past. We look forward to celebrating our 28th year in a big way!