No matter where in the universe you call home — Metropolis, Gotham City, Riverdale, or Wakanda — Free Comic Book Day has arrived once again! Luckily, you don’t need a space ship or time machine to take part.
An old-fashioned car/bus/train trip to your local comic book shop will do just fine.
Iconic publishers like DC Comics, Marvel Comics, and Dark Horse Comics — along with others — join forces to make free comics available at more than 2,300 stores across the country. It’s proof that fantasies do come true! Meet other neighborhood fans as well as comic book creators.
Read on for more on what makes Free Comic Book Day such a blast — and where to claim your free book.
Free Comic Book Day timeline
This superhero team, which first appeared as a 1963 comic book, smashed Hollywood opening weekend box office records with its whopping $1.22 billion global debut. Can it wind up as the highest-grossing film of all time?
"The Dark Knight Returns"
The four-issue comic book miniseries, featuring Batman, served as a rebirth for comics — and an inspiration for an entirely new era of books and films.
That's right. Riverdale's own Archie, Reggie, Jughead, Veronica, and Betty formed a "band" and released their hit single "Sugar, Sugar." The song soared to No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart and stayed there for four weeks.
- Late 1930s
Superman & Batman
Both crime fighters captured the public's imagination right from the start. Nearly a century later, nothing truly compares to the impact these two characters had on American pop culture. And they're still going strong today.
"The Funnies #1"
America needed laughs during the Great Depression. This was the first collection of comics even though it resembled a color newspaper supplement — without a cover.
Free Comic Book Day Activities
Find your local store here
More than 2,300 comic book shops take part in the annual event. You're pretty much guaranteed to make new friends (real and imagined). And you'll walk out with a free comic!
Browse before you go
Here's a list of all the comic books that will be available on Free Comic Book Day, as well as summaries and preview pages for each. It's a great way to figure out what you want ahead of time.
Hard to think of a better time and/or place to show off your costume — especially since Halloween's still six month away. Think of it as a fun and safe environment to try something different.
Words (And Pictures) To Live By: 5 Classic Graphic Novels
"Eightball" by Daniel Clowes
Influential is an understatement. It's one of the best indie comics series ever. If you like "Ghost World" and "Art School Confidential," this is where it all began.
"The Walking Dead" by Robert Kirkman and Tony Moore
Oh, you thought this started as a TV show? Don't miss the truly original version of a zombie apocalypse and the survivors who attempt to hold onto their own humanity.
"Persepolis" by Marjane Satrapi
Ten-year-old Marji struggles with growing up in Iran during and after the Islamic revolution of 1979. The black-and-white artwork perfectly depicts the story of Iran's rich culture and oppressive politics.
"Hellboy" by Mike Mignola
Just your average tale of a good-natured demon brought to Earth as a baby (by Nazi occultists) during World War II. Through it all, Hellboy discovers the secrets of his own origins.
"Love and Rockets" by Jaime and Gilbert Hernandez
This series focuses on two parallel stories — one set in a fictional Central American village, the other among punk musicians living in Southern California. One of the first breakout series of the indie comics movement.
Why We Love Free Comic Book Day
Comic books remain one of the few art forms that appeal to parents, teens, and kids. There are truly titles for every age group imaginable.
People who don't necessarily read comics books flock to stores on this day — only to discover what they're missing. Free Comic Book Day helps create a new generation of readers.
No electronics necessary
Unless, that is, you count Thor's hammer or Batman's utility belt. Free Comic Book Day requires not a single phone or video game. It's a chance to enjoy reading again!