From Avengers to Transformers, Here’s What You Get on Free Comic Book Day

Free Comic Book Day is May 7
From left, Rob Day and Vinny Farrell browse a selection of free comics at Newbury Comics in Boston, Saturday, May 5, 2012. AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

This weekend is the annual celebration of the heroes who nurtured and empowered you throughout your childhood.

Are you prepared?

It’s time to come together to thank these inspiring characters who ushered you into adolescence and eventual adulthood.

No, I’m not talking about your mom — Mother’s Day isn’t until next weekend, Sunday, May 13.

I’m talking about comic book heroes.

Get Ready for Free Comic Book Day

This Saturday, May 5, comic book shops around the U.S. and beyond will give out more than 5 million free comic books to celebrate the 17th annual Free Comic Book Day.

Special editions of 50 comic books will be free on Saturday.

Check with your local comic book store, or locate one here, to find events in your area. Free titles will be available to anyone who asks on a first-come, first-served basis.

Events run the gamut from celebrity appearances and book signings to family fun and games — costumes welcome!

Some of this year’s most anticipated free titles include:

  • “Avengers Captain America” (Marvel Comics)
  • “Doctor Who” (Titan Comics)
  • “Bob’s Burgers” (D.E.)
  • “Overwatch & Black Hammer” (Dark Horse Comics)
  • “Transformers Unicron #0” (IDW Publishing)
  • “DC Super Hero Girls #1” (DC Buy Sell)

Many stores will give away swag, movie posters and other freebies, too. You might want to get there early!

Not Just for the Comic Book Guy

Free Comic Book Day is more than just a second Christmas for comic book fans.

It exists to support local comic book shops, as well as help new readers find awesome comics and graphic novels.

If you like “The Simpsons,” “Doctor Who,” “SpongeBob” or other non-superhero stories, you’ll be delighted to find there’s a little something for everyone.

The celebration is a fun way to introduce your kids to the comic book community — or discover it yourself.

You might just find a new hobby the whole family can enjoy together.

Dana Sitar (@danasitar) is an editor at The Penny Hoarder. She’s written for Huffington Post,, Writer’s Digest and more, attempting humor wherever it’s allowed (and sometimes where it’s not). Editorial assistant Jessica Gray updated this post.