Now we know: Spider-Man’s fingers are stickier than a shoplifter’s.
While 40 comics fans costumed as their favorite superheroes celebrated inside a Melbourne comic shop, a wannabe supervillain tried to sneak an expensive X-men book into his bag:
Michael Baulderstone, who was dressed as Spider-Man for a promotional event, spied a customer behaving suspiciously.
CCTV footage shows him “leap” into action and confront the would-be shoplifter who had slipped a AU$160 (£97) X-Men book into his bag.
Mr Baulderstone said customers at the shop in Adelaide thought it was a stunt until he asked them to call the police.
“We had about 40 people dressed up as their favourite superheroes to celebrate International Free Comic Day, so he [the thief] didn’t have much of a choice but to hand the X-Men Omnibus back after a little bit of a scuffle,” Mr Baulderstone told the Adelaide Advertiser.
He said a group of Jedi knights blocked the door to prevent the thief from escaping, as The Flash looked on.
As David Klaus says, “Someone in Australia took the notion of ‘Free Comic Book Day beyond its intended limitations.”
[Thanks to Janice Gelb for the story.]
Hard to believe there is such a thing as an “X-men” book worth $160. I can buy five books with *words* for that hefty price. I’ve first editions that are decades old that are cheaper. I could buy nearly one whole vote on the Hugos, even…
For $160 one could purchase 3 Supporting Aussiecon memberships and have $10 left over – enough for a mass market paperback. Regardless if the currency is US or Canadian.