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WILLOW GROVE, Pa. (AP) — Fans of comics basked in a bounty of free issues as retailers from Los Angeles to London handed out thousands upon thousands of free copies for the 10th annual Free Comic Book Day.

Fans were treated to guest appearances from industry writers and illustrators while other shops brought in costumed characters like Spider-Man, Rogue and even the Ghostbusters as hundreds of thousands avid readers, and those just curious, came for issues from publishers like DC Comics, Marvel, Zenescope, IDW, Dark Horse and Oni Press, among others, on Saturday.

The event was founded in 2001 and has grown to become one of the comic industry’s biggest days and a chance to lure new readers and fans.

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