Saturday, July 3, 2004

Today's giveaway day at comic-book outlets



By Bill Ferguson Jr.
Enquirer staff writer

From Spider-Man to Disney, from Teen Titans to Archie, from CSI: Crime Scene Investigation to The Shield, get your free comic book today.

About 2,000 hobby stores nationwide are participating in the third annual Free Comic Book Day, sponsored by publishers and others in the comics industry. The event this year is tied to the release of Spider-Man 2, which opened in theaters Friday.

No purchase is necessary. It's a way to encourage more people to explore the art and story lines in comics. Among the comics to be given away:

• DC Comics' Teen Titans Go! #1, based on the popular Cartoon Network series.

• A special edition of Marvel Age: Spider-Man #1, in which the superhero faces off against a new nemesis, the Vulture.

• The Ballad of Sleeping Beauty, a Western spin on the classic.

• Mickey Mouse, Archie, Star Wars and Duel Masters, longtime favorites for children.

• TV shows such as The Shield, 24 and CSI, more appropriate for adults.

Participating stores are Captain Comic, Mount Washington; CD World, Colerain Township; Comic Book World, Cheviot and Florence; Maverick's Baseball Cards & Comics, Finneytown and Tri-County Mall, and Queen City Comic and Card Co., Pleasant Ridge.

For a list of stores and more information, go to freecomicbookday.com.

E-mail bferguson@enquirer.com.




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