Although Gary originally founded the San Francisco Comic Book Company in San Francisco’s Mission District as a way to make ends meet in 1967, it became a major presence in the San Francisco underground comix scene. The shop eventually closed in 2002.
As a man not of this planet, Gary Arlington was a natural-born outsider and thus an ideal comic shop proprietor. In 1967, he founded the first comic book shop in the United States, the San Francisco Comic Book Company, on 23rd and Mission. His shop became a meeting ground for early underground cartoonists like Robert Crumb, Bill Griffith, and Spain Rodriguez. Ron Turner remembers buying his first comic there in 1968. – Last Gasp
Late 1979, early 1980 is when I began my pre-teenage haunts to Gary’s Comic Shop on 24th and Mission St. I was the kid that would hang around and be mesmerized by all of the comic books, magazines, art books and so on in his massive little store. I never his full name beyond Gary. A friendly, fellow. He knew I was a comic book buying fanatic, sooner or later, I would be buying all sorts of titles…I wish I had a chance to tell him how appreciative I was for his comic book shop and for him. I was a local kid, maybe younger than most that had to be there.
Good night Gary. Your legend will live on.
via Last Gasp