FCBD Throwback: 2002, Where It All Began!
Apr 07, 2016
During the month of August in 2001, the idea of Free Comic Book Day was born. Joe Field, owner of Flying Colors Comics & Other Cool Stuff, published an article that proposed the idea of giving comic books away for free!
Field believed that by giving comics away, the general public would be encouraged to go and visit their local comic book shop. Fifteen years later, it is safe to say that his idea was a success!
The first Free Comic Book Day was held on May 4th, 2002. This date was specifically chosen because it aligned FCBD with the premiere weekend of the Spider-Man movie. The blockbuster hit debuted on the 3rd and created a sensational hype for superheros and by extension, comic books!
On the first FCBD, more than two-million books were given away from over 2,200 retailers worldwide!
The original four books that were debuted on FCBD were Marvel Comics: Ultimate Spider-Man #1, Dark Horse Comics: Star Wars Tales: A Jedi’s Weapon, Image Comics: Tomb Raider # ½ , and DC Comics: Justice League Adventures #1.
Make sure to get to your local comic book shop on May 7, 2016 and participate in the exciting event that is FCBD!