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Before it was incorporated as North Manhattan Beach, the El Porto neighborhood oozed with sex, drugs and rock ‘n’ roll. Take a time machine back to days when pilots, rock stars and drug dealers outnumbered the Realtors, restaurants and yoga instructors.
Behold a phenomenon so powerful, so incredible, so unstoppable, not even a kilo of Kryptonite could stop its momentum. We’re talking about comic book culture, a force more dynamic than Superman, Wonder Woman and the Hulk combined. From the sold-out summer cineplex to fanboy fever at July’s annual Comic-Con, the lasting impact of comic book art and interpretation cements its place in our popular culture. For some in the South Bay, comics are not just a passion, they are a way of life. Meet three locals who do their part to keep the comic book tradition alive for generations to come.