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Comic Book Day was held Saturday and publishers and purveyors of tales of fantastic heroes and nefarious villains enticed new readers who are making time for and spending money on comics printed on paper.
The annual event, held Saturday, has grown in stature from a few stores to some 2,000 worldwide.
All American Cards and Comics on Courthouse Square in Warren and Route 224 in Boardman took part in the event.
Rany Moy, with All American Cards, said both Marvel and DC reworked the story lines in their comics to make picking up the story lines a little easier.
“For a long time, you could not just jump in and read a book, it was just too much going on,” said Moy. “So, anybody now can pick them up and read them and that has helped quite a lot.”
The Boardman location gave away all 100 copies of their free comic books.
Retailers say the turnout and scope of the event, which began in 2002, is giving them and the industry a chance to tout their success by giving away 4.6 million comic books featuring everything from Superman to the zombies of “The Walking Dead” to Gilbert Hernandez’s “Marble Season.”
Joe Field began the event held the first Saturday in May. He calls it an opportunity for first-time and long-time readers to experience the atmosphere of comic shops, be among like-minded fans and friends and share in the pop culture origins of heroes and villains that have become television and movie staples.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.