EDMONTON – Itâ€™s a bird, itâ€™s a plane, itâ€™s … gone.
An Edmonton comic bookstore is hoping for the safe return of a rare and valuable Superman comic.
Staff at Happy Harbor Comics noticed the book, Superman No. 3, was missing from its wall display on Wednesday.
Store owner Jay Bardyla said there arenâ€™t many copies of the 1938 comic still around. Though the book wasnâ€™t in mint condition, it was valued at $2,000 and was a favourite of both staff and regular customers.
â€œThereâ€™s a lot of people who it brought a lot of joy to. They would come in and see the book … we would let them flip through the pages and take a look at it because itâ€™s part of history,â€? he said.
Bardyla said he doesnâ€™t think the thief is a comic book aficionado.
â€œAn avid collector would have enough respect to come in at least discuss the book and review it. Itâ€™s probably just someone who saw it and said, â€˜Wow, thatâ€™s really old. I can probably sell it and get some money for it,â€™ â€? Bardyla said, adding that the store rarely has issues with theft.
Bardyla said that though a staff member is usually posted in every section of the store, they try to provide a relaxed and welcoming atmosphere and donâ€™t watch customers â€œbig brotherâ€? style.
Bardyla is hopeful the book will be returned with the assistance of other comic lovers. After he tweeted about the theft on Thursday morning, he said he received an outpouring of support from comic buyers and sellers across Canada who have promised to keep an eye out for the stolen Superman.
â€œThere are people that are scouring, keeping an eye out online,â€? he said, adding that he opted not to report the theft to police.
â€œThey really have bigger issues to deal with right now … they can focus on whatâ€™s important and necessary for them and weâ€™ll do what we can on our end.â€?