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The adventures of comic book collectors

(ran T edition)

There are comics, like Henny Youngman, and then there are comics that showcase the work of Batman, Spider-man, Superman and Wonder Woman.

If you want to see a slew of the latter, make your way over to the Holiday Inn at 4500 W Cypress St. on Sunday for the eighth annual Sun Con (the abbreviated name for Sunday Convention).

The one-day gathering of buyers, sellers, collectors and those who just enjoy looking at the colorful comic book genre has always been held on Sundays, and this year will feature guest comic book aficionado Doug Hazlewood of DC Comics.

Hazlewood is an artist at DC, the company that handles the grandadddy of them all, Superman.

He is one of only a handful of people on the globe who knows what shape the reincarnated Superman (you knew Superman died, of course) will take when he reappears this August.

Of course, you could beat Hazlewood with a bar of kryptonite, and he wouldn't talk about it, says Dan Walent, one of the Sun Con organizers, but Hazlewood has been in the business a while and has the skinny on all sorts of things comic, and he will be available for questions throughout the day, Walent said.

Marc McLaurin, an editor at Marvel Comics who works on Clive Barker titles, will also be on hand to answer comics fans' questions.

"This will be a good day for not only the serious collector, but it will also be an excellent introduction for anybody to the hobby of collecting comics," said the 40-year-old Walent, who has been peering at action comics since he was 3.

"I was lucky," he said. "I had one of the few mothers who didn't clean out my room and throw all my comics away."

One of the exhibitor/sellers (and buyers, for that matter if he sees the right book at the right price) Sunday will be Gavin McDaniel, who has a comic book store called Comic King at 15824 N Dale Mabry Highway.

McDaniel said he would have "a couple of tables and maybe something out in the lobby" at Sun Con, including a bargain box where you can buy a comic for as little as a quarter. Some of the rarer books he will display will be priced at $400 to $500.

"This is a nice way to make a living," McDaniel said. "There's a big difference between want and need. You need a roof over your head, and you need food, but no one really needs to buy a comic book, so I usually deal with pleasant people in pursuit of their hobby."

The show runs 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday. Admission is $2.50, and children under 6 are free.

What: Eighth Annual Sun Con.

Where: Holiday Inn, 4500 W Cypress St., Tampa.

When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: $2.50, children under 6 free.

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