For fans of Batman, the X-Men, the Walking Dead and other comic books, it doesn’t get much better than free comic books.
That’s what Free Comic Book Day is all about. Well, that and celebrating comic book retailers, which give out free issues, host comic celebrities and hold sales.
We checked in with several Omaha comics retailers to get the skinny on their Free Comic Book Day celebrations Saturday.
» Superman will be at Krypton Comics, 2819 S. 125th Ave., on Saturday. Well, Brandon Routh will be at the comic shop. The star of “Superman Returns” will sign autographs for $40. Local artists including Fredd Gorham, Bruce McCorkindale and lots of others will also appear and draw at the store. “Star Wars” characters from the 501st Legion will be around as well.
» Love Spider-Man? Get your hands on a copy of “Amazing Spider-Man” No. 1, published in 1963 and valued at $4,000, at Legend Comics & Coffee by entering a drawing for a $5 donation to Make-A-Wish. Also in the drawing are prizes from local businesses including movie theaters and restaurants. And as a special incentive, if the store raises more than $25,000 for Make-A-Wish, Legend co-owner David DeMarco will get a specially designed Legend My Little Pony tattoo on his arm.
» Artists abound at Ground Zero, 4601 S. 50th St. Timothy Green II is the new artist on DC Comics’ “Red Hood and the Outlaws” and will draw sketches and sign autographs at the store. Doing the same will be Mike Worley, who works on Simpsons and Archie comics, as well as Steve Daniels, creator/artist of Dark Hopper and Frostbite the Snowman. Ground Zero’s location in Bellevue, 794 Fort Crook Road South, will have free comics and a sale.
» In addition to the free comics available at every store, Dragon’s Lair will also give out free comics from its extra stock of older back issues (limit 10 per customer). There will also be a sale on select items at both of the store’s locations, 8316 Blondo St. and 5022 S. 153rd St.
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