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While there was cake, most only wanted their free comics on Free Comic Book Day held at Flying Colors Comics and Other Cool Stuff in Concord, Calif., on Saturday, May 3, 2014. (Dan Honda/Bay Area News Group)

Superheroes Captain America (Jay Vargas, of Bay Point), Black Widow (Courtney Rodenborn, of Fremont) and Thor (Vernon Allmaras, of Concord) pose for photographs with fans on Free Comic Book Day on May 3. Comic book stores across North America participated in the event, which was started in 2002 by Joe Field, owner of Flying Colors Comics and Other Cool Stuff in Concord. At the store, below, left, Evan Stanley, left, a freelance artist and San Jose State student who worked on various Sonic the Hedgehog comics, and Ted Naifeh, creator of Courtney Crumrin and Princess Ugg, sign copies of free comics on Free Comic Book Day.

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