ACE Comics was founded in 1981 as ‘American Comics Enterprise’ by owner and managing director Martin ‘Biff’ Averre, opening the flagship Colchester store in 1982. Since then, we have expanded to include another store in Southend, Essex as well as ‘Red Hot Comics’ in Glasgow, Scotland.
The ACE Comics Advance Order service was created in 1984, providing customers with the option to preorder their comics and therefore guarantee they would receive them when released. We have consistently provided customers from Great Britain to as far afield as Australia with a great, flexible service and competitive prices on comics and graphic novels. Thanks to our great working relationship with Diamond Comics Distribution we can obtain almost any comic still in print.
In 2010, we took control of Economic Comics, a pioneering online comic subscription service providing customers with the ability to manage their subscriptions and pull lists online. This service has gone from strength to strength and continues to be one of the most popular comic subscriptions services available today.
We have been trading on Ebay since 2004 and on Amazon since 2008. With an enormous and diverse selection of comics, books, toys and games available, our fast dispatch and excellent service has amassed more than 70,000 positive feedback ratings.
Martin has become a well-known name in the comics industry having previously been one of the organisers of the prestigious Eagle Awards as well as publisher and contributor for After-Image magazine and writer for Comics International. He also helped re-launch the Comic Book Price Guide in 1989. He is based primarily in the Colchester store, where he oversees all aspects of the business.