The Herald, Sharon, Pa.

Local News

May 3, 2007

2 local stores observing Free Comic Book Day

SHARON, GROVE CITY — Spider-Man swung onto the silver screens today, but fans can catch him again in a free comic book format Saturday at two local comic book stores.

Bennie’s Comic Book and Sports Cards Shop in Sharon and Bell’s Comics and Trading Cards in Grove City will hand out some titles for the national Free Comic Book Day.

Bennie’s owner, Paul Worley, said there will be a lot of free titles out, for young and old alike: Spider-Man, Legion of Superheroes and Justice League of America from the big publishers, DC and Marvel.

But there will also be Archie, Mickey Mouse, the Simpsons, the Transformers, Wolf-Man, Peanuts and other titles.

At Bennie’s, local political cartoonist Bill Murray will sign autographs.

Bell’s will hold a Magic: the Gathering card tournament on Saturday also.

Worley said people should arrive early.

Bell’s manager, Chip Grossman, said the store has run out of free titles by the end of the day before. Not every title in the shop is free.

“Since we’ve got all kinds of extra back issues, (and) we got some stuff donated, if we run out there will be something we can give people that are interested,” Grossman said.

Bennie’s is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Bell’s, from 10:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The Free Comic Book Day Web site says the promotional event is intended to introduce young people to comics and also to celebrate small specialty shops, like Bennie’s and Bell’s.

“Usually when you go into a specialty store, the person there has some love for what they’re selling,” Grossman said. “It’s not like a supermarket or a Wal-Mart that’s mass marketing. The people there have a more intimate knowledge of the product.”

Worley said specialty stores can fill in infrequent readers on back stories, help parents find age-appropriate comic books and provide a place for friends to congregate.

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