Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day Quick Facts - US

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2024 DateMay 4, 2024
2025 DateMay 3, 2025

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Free Comic Book Day History

Free Comic Book Day seeks to promote comic books and local comic book shops. This day encourages everyone to visit their local comic book shop. Participating shops offer free comic books to anyone who visits. Major publishers such as DC, Marvel, and Dark Horse put out free copies of comics for fans to enjoy. Independent publishers also put out free copies. This day also includes events such as costume contests, signings, and raffles. It is a day for comic book fans new and old.

Free Comic Book Day was proposed in 2001 by the retailer of Flying Colors Comics Joe Field. It is observed annually on the first Saturday in May.

Facts about Free Comic Book Day

  • According to the Guinness World Records, in 2023, the popular comic book collection One Piece sold more than 524 million copies.
  • The famous 'speech bubbles' in comic books were not always a common practice. They only became popular in the early 20th century. Before then, text would be written underneath images to provide dialogue and exposition.
  • According to, the top 5 most popular selling comic books as of July 2022 in the US are:
    1) Batman - #125
    2) Star Wars The Mandalorian - #1
    3) Daredevil - #1
    4) Amazing Spider-Man - #5
    5) Amazing Spider-Man - #5 (#900)
  • The earliest comic book series in the US was The Adventures of Mr. Obadiah Oldbuck, published in the 1840s.

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