Comic Shops are Back Baby! Free Comic Book Day is Today


Free Comic Book Day (FCBD) is back, and it will take place on the first Saturday in May, which is today! This exciting event has been sadly missed after being suspended for two years due to the pandemic – not just for the free comics, but also for the mood, the celebration, and the overall awesome community vibe at local comic book stores around the world.


Free Comic Book Day is the annual event day where participating comic book shops around the world give away special comic books – absolutely free! It’s a celebration of comics as an art form and as popular culture, introducing whole new audiences to comics and supporting local comic book stores. This is an opportunity for retailers to recognize loyal customers and for comic book collectors to thank their neighbors. And it’s a great way to see what’s going on in the world of comics and graphic novels in general.



FCBD was originally started as a marketing campaign run by the largest distributor of comics, Diamond Comic Distributors. When it started in 2002, the line-up was a just four (4) comics including Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Spider-Man #1, Dark Horse Comics’ Star Wars Tales: A Jedi’s Weapon, Image Comics’/Top Cow Productions’ Tomb Raider #1½ , and DC Comics’ Justice League Adventures. The event coincided with the release of Sony’s 2002 Spider-Man film, starring Tobey Maguire.


Since those humble beginnings, FCBD has continued to take advantage of whichever big comic-book related movie is being released at the same time. This year, Doctor Strange and the Multiverse of Madness opens on May 4, so expect plenty of Marvel paraphernalia in attendance.


Depending on where you go, the line-up can be huge and your take-home selection may be limited. Each year, FCBD offers Gold and Silver comics (dependent on the paid sponsorship from publishers). Here is a run-down of the offerings this year. You can see the complete list available on the official FCBD site here


All Ages

American Mythology The Three Stooges FCBD Celebration
BOOM! Studios  Hollow Preview 
Dark Horse Comics  Avatar: The Last Airbender/ Legend of Korra 
Fantagraphics Books  Disney Masters Donald Duck & Co. Special
Gemstone Publishing  The Overstreet Guide to Collecting Comics 
Graphix/ Scholastic  Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man & Friends Super Comic Teaser 
Graphix/ Scholastic  Realm of the Blue Mist (The Rema Chronicles #1) 
IDW Publishing  Sonic The Hedgehog FCBD 2022 Special 
Oni Press  Jonna and the Unpossible Monsters #1 
Papercutz Graphic Novels Fuzzy Baseball: Greatest Hits 
Random House Children’s Books  Max Meow: Cat on the Street Comic Spectacular 
Red 5 Comics  Carriers/ Beorn/ Dragon Whisperer 
Titan Comics  Doctor Who 
TOKYOPOP  The Guardian of Fukushima 
VIZ Media  Pokémon Journeys/Pokémon Adventures: XY
Yen Press  Enemies



AfterShock Comics Bunny Mask Tales
Archie Comics The Best Archie Comic Ever #0 
AWA Studios Primos #1 
BOOM! Studios 25 Years of Buffy the Vampire Slayer 
Dark Horse Comics Stranger Things/ Resident Alien 
Dynamite Entertainment Red Sonja Marvel Feature Stories 
Epicenter Comics Tex: In the Land of Seminoles 
Humanoids  The Incal Universe 
IDW Publishing  Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles FCBD Special 
Image Comics  Clementine #1 
Kodansha  Wandance & Blackguard Double Feature 
Lev Gleason Publications  Equilibrium 
Marvel  Avengers/ X-Men #1
Marvel  Marvel Voices #1 
Marvel  Spider-Man/ Venom #1
Penguin Young Readers  Neverlanders 
Rebellion Publishing  Best of 2000AD #0 
Scout Comics  The Electric Black Children of Caine #0 
Source Point Press  The Winchester Mystery House: 100 Year Curse 
Ten Speed Press It Won’t Always Be Like This
Ten Ton Press 10 Ton Tales
UDON Entertainment Street Fighter Masters: Blanka
Valiant Entertainment The Year of Valiant 2022 FCBD Special
Vault Comics  Barbaric #1 FCBD Edition 
VIZ Media  Kaiju No. 8/ Sakamoto Days 



Image Comics  Bone Orchard Mythos Prelude
Mad Cave Studios  Nottingham FCBD Special 
Titan Comics Bloodborne



Now get out to your local comic shop today!


Chris Braly

I'm a collector, a speculator, and one opinionated, based geek. My friends call me Braly, but those who know me within the hobby generally refer to me as Bralinator. I try to steer this tiny ship and can often be heard monthly on the Comic Book Page Previews Spotlight podcast with several low-level, other comic book nerds. Follow me on Twitter @ChrisBraly