Ask The Professor #1: Darcy's Discoveries

John Eaves sent in the following message on Nov. 1 (the old Professor has been swamped with actual professorial duties for the last two weeks, and so apologizes for the delay in answering it):
Howdy!! do you remember Darcy, of Darcy’s Discoveries???  If so does she
have a store or website or anything like that???  If so please give me a go.
I got my first job in Hollywood thanks to her and wanted to drop her a line
of thanks.

Answer: For newcomers, Darcy’s Discoveries was one of the first comics stores in Phoenix, back in the early 1980s (she was there when the Professor blew into town, in 1980), and even acted as a sub-distributer to a few of the new shops that started popping up like mushrooms in those pre-Diamond days. The Professor remembers her store, at 15th Avenue and Indian School (in fact, after she closed it, that intersection ended up hosting Larry Logan’s Comix ‘n Stuff for a few years, and the Professor worked there until it closed, too, in 1988). Darcy had a space at the Greyhound Park and Swap for a few years afterwards, and the Professor also remembers buying cheap early-Silver Age DCs from her (they were mostly non-superhero titles like Strange Adventures, Mystery In Space, etc., and all had one staple split, and she was offering them at the Overstreet “Fair” price, which was a bargain).
Where is she now? Good question — a Google search doesn’t turn up anything, and the last the Professor heard about her was about 1990. Do any of our readers have any further information?

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With 40 years of experience in comic reading, collecting and reviewing, English Professor Phil Mateer has an encyclopedic mind for comics. Feel free to ask Phil about storylines, characters, artists or for that matter, any comic book trivia. He will post your questions and answers on the AABC blog. His knowledge is unparalleled! He is also our warehouse manager, so if you are looking for that hard to find comic book, ask Phil!
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