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"Comic Con" Theft No Laughing Matter: Thousands in Rare Comics Stolen from NYC Convention, Say Cops

Comic Con Thefts Swipe Comics Worth Thousands in NYC
June 1938 cover of "Action Comics," the first featuring Superman (AP/Comic Connect Corp.) AP/Comic Connect Corp.

NEW YORK (CBS) A comic-book dealer says he morphed into a superhero to foil a thief who tried to steal thousands of dollars worth of rare comics, at a convention in New York on Saturday.

Matt Nelson, co-owner of Worldwide Comics in Texas, chased down 40-year-old Richard Turner, who police say swiped two expensive comics from Nelson booth at Comic Con.

"Like Superman, I flew into action, determined to stop the bad guys," Nelson told The New York Post. "Just like in the comics, justice prevailed."

Unfortunately, Turner reportedly had an accomplice, who did manage to steal away with several other rare comics, including a copy of Whiz Comics No. 1 worth $11,000, according to The Post.

Turner was charged with grand larceny and criminal possession of stolen property, according to a Manhattan Criminal Court complaint obtained by the paper.

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