Joe Dagustine thinks kids are pretty lucky these days.
When he was younger, the 65-year-old Wheatfield resident didn’t have access to fancy toys or action figures so he clipped drawings of Superman, Batman and his other favorite super hero characters out of his comic books and used his imagination to keep himself entertained.
“Right now, I believe we are in the best time for super heroes on television and in the movies,” Dagustine said. “Back in my day, there weren’t a lot of superhero toys. I would have loved a super hero figure of Superman or Batman.”
Dagustine, known in local comic book collector circles simply as “Joe D,” is still a huge fan of super heroes and an avid collector, mostly of “Silver Age” comic books produced between the mid-1950s and 1970.
He’s also still spreading his love for all things heroic by continuing to organize comic book and toy shows in Western New York, as he has been for some 20 years now.
On Saturday, “Joe D” will present his latest comic book and toy show at the Frontier Volunteer Fire Company hall, 2176 Liberty Drive, Wheatfield.
While Western New York has seen its share of bigger-venue collectible shows drawing celebrities like William Shatner in recent years, Dagustine said he prefers to keep the admission price affordable, maintain a family friendly atmosphere and offer as wide a range of comic book and toy vendors as possible.
“My shows are more old school,” he said. “You come to my shows because you want to see the toys and you want to see the comic books.”
There will be more to see than comic book and toy booths. Saturday’s show, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., will feature appearances by local cosplay enthusiasts, including members of the Superhero Alliance of WNY, the Northridge Star Wars Club and the IKV Bloodwarriors.
Artists, illustrators and authors will also be on hand. The list of invited guests includes Marvel and DC launch artist Kurt Lehner, The Flash CW launch artist Kristian Lehner, Marvel and Dark Horse comics artist Anthony Zicari, artist and writer Will Rodriguez, artist and illustrator Jeff Perdziak, artist and author Dennis John Glinski and members of the Under the Hood artists group.
Admission is $5 per person. Children aged 12 years and younger are admitted for free.
Check it out!
Joe D’s Comic Book and Toy Show
10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday
Frontier Volunteer Fire Hall, 2176 Liberty Drive, Wheatfield
Admission’s $5 per adult, free for children 12 and younger