Exotic Planterium and Card & Comic Collectorama
2008 Mount Vernon Ave., Alexandria, (703) 548-3466
No, we haven’t misspelled “planetarium.” Once you literally shove your way through the door of Alexandria’s Exotic Planterium and Card & Comic Collectorama, it hits: This is the place where your parents sold all your comics after you went to college. Random action figures line the walls, comics are piled in stacks, and there are more baseball cards than your eight-year-old self thought possible. Tip-toe around the cramped stacks and you’ll find a box of biographical baseball comics, a wall of Western comics starring John Wayne, and owner Dennis Webb, who has an encyclopedic knowledge of his store’s contents and their prices. So impress your folks by telling them you went to the Planterium, when you’re really just buying back all those old issues of MAD.