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Happy Free Comic Book Day (2010)

It's the first Saturday of May, and that means it's Free Comic Book Day! In case you haven't heard of it, it's a day when comic book shops across the world give away free comic books. The holiday was started in 2002 by retailer Joe Field in the United States to drive traffic into stores and promote small comic book distributors. Almost all the big comic book publishers release special free issues for the shops to distribute. Most of them, to be frank, are more like advertising brochures, but a few publishers get it and release actual comic books. Last year, the big grab was Green Lantern: Blackest Night #0, a prequel and introduction to the highly anticipated Blackest Night mini-series. This year, it looks like the big coup will be two special editions from Marvel, Iron Man/Thor and Iron Man: Supernova, just in time for the release of Iron Man 2. Looking for a shop near you that's participating in the event? Just go to freecomicbookday.com and type in your zip code.

Are you going to be celebrating Free Comic Book Day? What comics are you grabbing?

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