Businesses celebrate free comic book day

FILE - In this Dec. 29, 2004, file photo, Didier Gaboulaud, head of the French National Museum for Comic Books and Images, displays some of the comics donated by Marvel Enterprises, at the museum in Angouleme, western France. One of the country's top writers about race, Ta-Nehisi Coates, has signed up with Marvel Comics for a Black Panther series. The new, year-long series begins next spring, Marvel announced Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Bob Edme, File)

ROANOKE (WSLS) – Comic book fans rejoice, May 7 is free comic book day!

Retailers all over the country observe the holiday the first Saturday in May.

It all started in 2001 when a comic book retailer in Califorinia saw the success of comic-based movies and decided to expose moviegoers to the stories and illustrations that inspired the movies.

The first free comic book day was held on the opening weekend of Spiderman in 2002.

Many comic book shops and dealers will be offering a free comic book to customers.

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