Mark Hamill, Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, and More: Amazing Photos from 40 Years of Forbidden Planet

Famed comics and geek retailer Forbidden Planet is turning 40! On August 11, the iconic British comics shop and event space will celebrate the big day with a party featuring prizes, cake and more. Possibly even better? They’ve released a lovely treasure trove of photos from the store’s history, featuring special (adorable) appearances by a young Neil Gaiman, Stephen King, Mark Hamill, Douglas Adams, and more!

If you’re going to be in London, you can find the official party business here. But if you can’t make the trip, never fear! You can also download a free archive of forty years of Forbidden Planet signings, book events, and general celebration.

We’re excited to share a sampling of their photo archive below. All photos care of Forbidden Planet (London) Ltd. (Click any image to enlarge.)


Douglas Adams
(Denmark Street, August 1982)

Angela Carter
(Denmark Street, September 1984)

Will Eisner
(Denmark Street, June 1980)

Neil Gaiman
(New Oxford Street, October 1988)

H.R. Giger
(Denmark Street, September 1979)

Mark Hamill
(Denmark Street, May 1980)

Stephen King
(Denmark Street, May 1983)

Stan Lee
(New Oxford Street, April 1987)

Alan Moore and Ian Gibson
(Denmark Street, November 1986)

Anne McCaffrey
(Denmark Street, October 1983)

Nichelle Nichols
(New Oxford Street, February 1995)

Sir Terry Pratchett
(New Oxford Street, November 1988)



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