"Holy homicide, Batman!
Captain America is dead!
Assassinated, in fact, as he walks into a federal courthouse in New York, under arrest and in handcuffs, headed to his arraignment for refusing to sign the government's Superhero Registration Act and forcibly revealing his true identity.
It all happens in the latest edition of Marvel Comics, Captain America No. 25, which hit newsstands Wednesday and immediately flew off the shelves of Bay Area comic book dealers.
'It caught me completely off-guard,' said Lennie Chancey, owner of Comic Ink in Dublin. 'I didn't know about it until the news popped up on my computer in the morning and I read about it.'
Typically, comic book store owners are told in advance that a major issue like this is coming so they can order extra copies. This time, they found out the same time most everyone else did.
Chancey immediately called his distributor to get more copies, but the distributor didn't have any more.
Comic Ink had 40 copies of the $3.99 book at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday and had sold them all by 1:30 p.m., Chancey said.from Business 1
Similarly, Lee's Comics in San Mateo sold 65 issues in a few hours, a store employee said.
Captain America first appeared in March 1941 as a World War II super soldier and became the
most popular of the purely patriotic comic characters drawn up for wartime duty and by far the most enduring of them. "