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Help me find DP a comic/retro geeky gift please!

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MarkRuffaloCrumble Sat 12-Dec-15 15:53:34

If you are a comic buff and can give me some ideas it would be much appreciated. Otherwise if you know of a knowledgable comic shop or supplier who can advise me please can you post a link.

DP is brilliant at buying thoughtful gifts and I'm really struggling with some fun things for him. He doesn't need anything, as he tends to buy things he likes as he sees them, so I want to get something special that he would never think of buying for himself.

As inspiration, things he loves are 1980/90s video games such as Streetfighter, Legend of Zelda, Mario/Samus etc He also loves Marvel/DC superheroes.

I know there are lots of Marvel themed gifts around in the shops, but I'm looking for something unusual and a bit special, perhaps a specific comic or something collectable?

He doesn't do smart, so cuff links etc are out and he very rarely wears things with patterns/pics so clothes are out too!

Sorry to be a pain, but I'm hoping MN will come to my rescue santastar

DancingDuck Sat 12-Dec-15 16:05:56

Forbidden Planet


Orbital Comics should help.

Discogeek Sat 12-Dec-15 16:12:47

Have a look at Teefury, they do a new t shirt every day but also have a good collection of gallery Tees to pick from. My DH loves stuff from there and he's into similar stuff as your DP.

Discogeek Sat 12-Dec-15 16:14:09

Sorry just seen he doesn't want clothes, must read more carefully!

MarkRuffaloCrumble Sat 12-Dec-15 16:23:10

Thanks dancing. I've looked on both of those for some ideas. Also had a brainwave to search for a comic from the month he was born, as I released that I wouldn't know a 'significant' edition, but can find one that is relevant to him.

Any other ideas welcome smile

MarkRuffaloCrumble Sat 12-Dec-15 16:23:38

No worries disco, my ds might like some of them, so will have a look anyway!

clearsommespace Sat 12-Dec-15 16:37:48

You could try the cinebook web site for something a bit different. French and Belgian graphic novels in translation.

MarkRuffaloCrumble Sat 12-Dec-15 16:42:59

Ooh, that sounds cool but maybe a little high brow for my DP. Although saying that, he loves rolling out a bit of his GCSE German so I might look for a German one smile

Neffi Sat 12-Dec-15 16:49:01

This us on mrneffi's wish list.

JacobFryesTopHatLackey Sat 12-Dec-15 16:53:01

Mark what about Maus by Art Spiegelman?

JacobFryesTopHatLackey Sat 12-Dec-15 16:54:37

TattieHowkerz Sat 12-Dec-15 17:04:50

How about a print of some comic artwork in a nice frame, e.g. A print of an spider-man or iron-man sketch

RedBlu Sat 12-Dec-15 17:07:59

Try Merchoid.

Got my retro gaming loving DP a Legend of Zelda Dressing Gown!

Mrsboathook Sat 12-Dec-15 17:14:05

I got my dh stocking fillers on this theme- tesco doing avengers socks, iron man decal for MacBook from eBay. I'm afraid main gift non comic related.

spababe Sat 12-Dec-15 17:24:41

Mine like this lucky dip kind of box from the US although I admit once it got impounded by customs and we had to pay £11 to get it released. You can order just one or sign up for 6 months etc.
If you are wondering what is in them then have a look on youtube for unboxing videos to get an idea. My other son like Loot Crate

BobandKate0 Sat 12-Dec-15 17:25:13

If known he has a favourite artist and you have a blank wall to fill ,you could look for a comic art portfolio,a set of prints A3 size often unused cover sketches - so they do vary in quality and some prices are silly if it has a signature.
As Street fighter is kung fu related,so i was hoping to find that Earl Norem had put out a cheap portfolio of his Deadly Hands of Kung Fu covers from the 1970's,but google have been no help.
Also some marvel dc comics were translated by the french/italian/germans for their own country often with a new cover,but again i would not know where to start looking,other than ebay,as no one seems to have catalogued this area yet. ( see picture )
Best of Luck.

MarkRuffaloCrumble Sat 12-Dec-15 19:02:56

Some fab ideas thanks. X

PassTheMead Mon 14-Dec-15 19:03:48

Pop vinyls are very popular and come in lots of comic book characters. Try etsy for artwork as you can buy amazing prints for very little (just make sure to search in uk as you're probably a bit late for overseas) I don't know if he has any consoles, but you can use gameboy advance games (a bit older) in the ds's if they have the correct slot, so maybe an old LoZ game he doesn't have if he has a ds.

There was also a cheap "console" in Argos for sale. Lots of old games on it (preloaded)

PassTheMead Mon 14-Dec-15 19:08:08

he might like this argos

TaintedAngel Tue 15-Dec-15 00:36:11

To echo a PP lootcrate is awesome. An alternative to lootcrate is nerdblock.

Both are monthly boxes with geeky stuff in it. Some limited edition and exclusive stuff too.

Nerdblock launched a new box a while back called comicblock. Def worth looking in to and they are reasonably priced. fsmile

VerticalCheese Tue 15-Dec-15 04:05:43

Ok comics I can certainly help but can you be more specific on the sorts of comics he reads? Does he have a favourite e.g batman, Harley, iron man etc? Does he collect variant covers? Or if you mean he.likes the characters but doesn't read the comics I can easily advise you on what merchandise are the big hits among fans. Pm if you prefer smile

Jeanniejampots80 Tue 15-Dec-15 09:32:01

I got my OH this for our wedding. He adored it. Its a framed comic book cover drawn with his face as the superhero and customised title and date and price etc.

I go them to put the date as put wedding and the price as his birthday etc.

MarkRuffaloCrumble Tue 15-Dec-15 11:42:03

thanks for all of those suggestions, I will make note of them for Valentines and birthdays too!

MarkRuffaloCrumble Tue 15-Dec-15 11:48:31

I love those personalised comics - I'm quite arty so could have a go at one of those myself, but I think I might need a bit more time - def one for Valentines day.

neddle Tue 15-Dec-15 11:57:24

Stay away from GeekBox as they're currently in trouble.

Did he ever have a ZX Spectrum? I saw this the other day which looked really fun.

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