San Diego County — In the real world, comic book superheroes don’t exist. Once a year, though, a comic book super bargain does.

Saturday is Free Comic Book Day, an annual bonanza of honest-to-Gotham giveaways. For this year’s event, publishers have printed dozens of titles, ranging from “Star Wars” and “The Walking Dead” to “Disney Fairies” and “Sonic the Hedgehog.” All will be handed out free.

“It’s probably our biggest day of the year,” said Frank Juliano, owner of San Diego Comics in the Rolando neighborhood.
More than 2,000 stores across the nation will take part, but each shop will have a different selection of freebies, offer them at different hours and enforce different rules.

At San Diego Comics, there’s a limit of three comic books per person.

On Comic Ground, in Hillcrest, allows four.

Invincible Ink in San Marcos, five.

Clairemont Mesa’s Comickaze has — in theory — no limit. The store is collecting canned and dried food items for Feeding America, a national nonprofit. For every donation of peanut butter, whole grain pasta, low sodium pasta sauce, whole grain oats and cereal, brown rice, canned tuna or chicken (in water), canned fruits (in natural juices), canned vegetables (in water), canned soup, beans or lentils, take a free comic book.

To find a nearby participating store, use your super powers — or go online to, and type in a ZIP code.

By Peter Rowe



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