Comic Book Store Clerks of America, No. 14: Houston

July 09, 2009 | 4:39 p.m.

They have no superpowers, but they are heroic: They are the store employees across America who sell comics and, like the guys in “High Fidelity,” bicker with one another all day long about the true treasures of the discount bin. They are the Comic Book Store Clerks of America, and we salute them.

CBS clerk

The best little comics shop in Texas?

 It’s Bedrock City Comics, at least according to Chuck Schiel, 28, who mans the counter at the original location [6517 Westheimer in Houston; (713) 780-0675]. Between shifts, he says, he’s been working on his “Insta-Grill” superpower, which is “the ability to turn teeth gold on a whim.” No, we’re not sure exactly what he’s talking about either. Let’s get on to the questions…

If Batman could get one superpower, what would be the most appropriate?

I’ll go with resurrection, because he’s dead. You’d probably want resurrection at this point.

What is the best ending of a comic book series that you’ve read?

Animal Man meets Grant Morrison

The ending of Grant Morrison’s “Animal Man when he meets the writer. It was a great way to end the run with breaking the fourth wall there.

 In your opinion, which of the Harry Potter books was best suited for a great film adaptation?

The first one. It got everything started. I enjoyed it, but I never read the books. I’m more of a Tolkien man.

“Star Wars” and “Star Trek” fans like to agree to disagree. Do you think it’s the same divide for “Lord of the Rings” and “Potter” fans?

Not necessarily. It might just be me. I know a lot of people like to read both.

What is the next toy that needs to be made into a movie franchise?

Masters of Universe. Just because I want a He-Man movie.

– Michelle Castillo

MEET MORE COMIC BOOK STORE CLERKS OF AMERICA

CREDIT: Photo courtesy of Chuck Schiel

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