Rare Superman comic stolen from Edmonton store

  

EDMONTON – It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’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 aren’t many copies of the 1938 comic still around. Though the book wasn’t in mint condition, it was valued at $2,000 and was a favourite of both staff and regular customers.

“There’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 it’s part of history,â€? he said.

Bardyla said he doesn’t think the thief is a comic book aficionado.

“An avid collector would have enough respect to come in at least discuss the book and review it. It’s probably just someone who saw it and said, ‘Wow, that’s really old. I can probably sell it and get some money for it,’ � 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 don’t watch customers “big brother� 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.

“There are people that are scouring, keeping an eye out online,� he said, adding that he opted not to report the theft to police.

“They really have bigger issues to deal with right now … they can focus on what’s important and necessary for them and we’ll do what we can on our end.â€?

pparsons@edmontonjournal.com

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