Mike Meyer, a 48-year-old Superman fanatic from Granite City, Illinois, has been collecting comics, action figures and other Man of Steel memorabilia since 1974. He has thousands of items in every room of his home. He collects Social Security for a mental disability and works part time at a McDonald’s to supplement his income, and last month some asshole wormed his way into his house and took 1,800 very valuable items from his collection.
Here’s a snippet of the story from the St. Louis Post-Dispatch:
Meyer said mostly only his friends and family knew of his collection, but he also made the mistake once of telling someone less trustworthy: a guy named Gary whom he worked with at the Hardee’s on Madison Avenue in 1991. Meyer said he ran into Gary recently while at Kyle’s Baseball Cards and Comics in Granite City. Gary asked Meyer whether he still collected Superman items and asked to see the collection. Meyer first gave an excuse, but then Gary called him later saying he was in the neighborhood and hoped to stop by.
“He just kept talking like a salesman,” Meyer said. “He wouldn’t take no for an answer.”
Meyer said he let Gary into the house that day and gave him a quick tour. Gary asked to see “my most precious comics,” Meyer said.
The next night, Gary was back again, asking whether Meyer would let Gary’s girlfriend watch some of his Superman movies. Meyer said while he and the girlfriend watched, Gary disappeared for a while. Meyer noticed the theft two days later, on the morning of Aug. 24, and called police. All he knows is that Gary has dark hair, a goatee, is about 35 and drives a silver or gray car.
Mike didn’t lose his entire collection, but what he did lose amounts to somewhere around $5,000 and loads of memories. If you live in the Granite City area and know anything about this, please contact local authorities and help Mike get his comics back.