When REM's Peter Buck Worked at a Comic Shop – and Met Michael Stipe

Joe Pruett of AfterShock Comics recently shared a memory on Facebook.

The story of how I used to buy comic books from Peter Buck, one of the founding members of R.E.M. The first comic store I remember visiting was Wuxtry Records in Athens, GA sometime back in the late 70s. It was actually more of a record store, but they sold comics and paperbacks as well. My brother Jim actually bought a copy of GIANT-SIZE X-MEN #1 for $0.75 there. Anyway, this was like Heaven opening its Gates for us. We had never seen a store that sold old comics and we would force our mom, or cousin, or aunt, or anyone with a car with the patience to sit in it for an hour or two while Jim and I went inside and flipped through the stacks of boxes of comics in the store. I distinctly remember two employees of the store who would always have to answer the questions of two eager, excited young comic collectors. I heard years later that Peter Buck used to work there and wondered if I had ever met him. Found this image of a guy I instantly recognized as one of the two employees on the internet, so was able to confirm that I had. That's a face that's hard to forget. It was at this job that Peter meet Michael Stipe and music history preceded from there. I'm sure he tells the story to his fans about meeting two young, future comic book creators while work there as well.

When REM's Peter Buck Worked at a Comic Shop - and Met Michael Stipe.
When REM's Peter Buck Worked at a Comic Shop – and Met Michael Stipe.

Kate Pierson of the B-52's and Danger Mouse both worked there too. You know Gerard Way used to be an intern at Marvel? And Neil Tennant used to work as an editor at Marvel UK on Spider-Man? There are more of these stories to uncover I'm sure.

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