The strange sight occurs in the opening pages of the first story within the tome, Superman/Doomsday: Hunter/Prey, originally published in a prestige format miniseries in 1994. This was long before the television show Smallville hit the airwaves. What's that got to do with anything, you ask? I'll show you.
IT'S TOM WELLING! Do you see it? TELL me you see it! To my eyes, this is how Welling would be drawn as a young boy. Compare it with this picture of Welling.
Like I said, eerie.
Anyhow, while at Waldenbooks, I also spotted a young teenager in the Manga isle (My wife pointed out that he was using it as a library). I asked him if he bought his Manga at the bookstore or a comics shop. "Bookstore" he replied. What's interesting is that, not long ago, I also spied a young lady reading Manga at Barnes and Noble in Amarillo. I think she was reading something called "Going Steady" or "Breaking Up." Something like that. Regardless, she indicated that she also bought at bookstores rather than specialty shops. Just interesting, that's all. I hope I don't come off creepy, however, when I start asking teenagers questions like, "So, where do you buy YOUR comics?"
And, speaking of Victoria, I'll go ahead and plug CS Comics. I went in on Thursday, not expecting to spend much money. Long story short, the Wal-Mart principle kicked in and I came out with MUCH more than I planned. Various material related to Marvel's "World War Hulk" and "Civil War", as well as DC's "Countdown" proved impossible to resist. As if that weren't enough, also available was some incredibly affordable Silver- and Bronze-Age material from both Marvel and DC. Let it suffice to say that I'm glad I have such a loving and understanding wife.
The service at CS Comics was also very good. Just be prepared to pay in cash or plastic, as I was told they don't accept checks. From the conversations I overheard, it sounds like a family business, with all members taking a part in it's running. Neat place.