How You Can Help Super-Theft Victim Mike Meyer [Video]
Quite understandably, ComicsAlliance readers reacted very strongly to this week's report on Mike Meyer, the mentally disabled Superman fan who was cruelly robbed of thousands of dollars in Superman comic books and collectibles. That Meyer, who lives on Social Security and part-time work at McDonald's, idolizes Superman and the character's ideals so intensely make the story that much more emotional, but it's also inspired comic book fans to take an example from the Man of Steel and work together to restore Meyer's prized collection.
Read on to learn about some of the ways you can help Mike Meyer. Also behind the cut is a local news segment in which Meyer discusses the incredibly painful situation.So many comic book fans are eager to help Meyer that the efforts are a little chaotic, but some parties have attempted to make an accounting of what was stolen and what is being donated. Newsarama spoke with a friend of Meyer who said the following material is missing:
A 1960s Captain Action costume (on a generic doll, ha), a Seinfeld statue (I know these are expensive now), several recent Superman statutes (not sure which ones), most of his Superman Returns action figures and other bubble wrap figures and his complete collection of Superman and Action Comics... mostly 1950s to current and many in not particularly great condition. Also there is a Superman TV set, a Spinball Pinball Game, a Superman clock, and assorted other items. He still has a good part of his collection remaining, but most of his prizes are gone, alas. I am pretty sure none of the Superman statues will be in boxes. he had the boxes in a separate location in his house.
Comics Should Be Good spoke with the same friend of Meyer's, Bill Smith, who is accepting not just replacement materials but also greeting cards, artwork and other Superman-themed material that he will pass on to the victim. The mailing information is as follows:
Mike Meyer c/o Bill Smith
7041 Kingsbury Blvd.
St. Louis, Mo. 63130
In an effort to avoid redundant donations, the Collector's Society has been attempting to keep track of what specific comic books have been pledged to restore Meyer's approximately 1,800 stolen comics. The running tally can be found at this link.
A local retailer in Meyer's town of Granite City, Illinois is also accepting comics and other items on Meyer's behalf. The store, Kyle's Baseball Cards and Comics, was featured on St. Louis' KPLR 11 news:
Kyle's Baseball Cards and Comics does not have a Web presence, but the address and phone number are as follows:
Kyle's Baseball Cards and Comics
3801 Nameoki Rd Ste 16
Granite City, IL 62040
A Save Superman Facebook page has also been launched on behalf of Meyer. The campaign is also in contact with Meyer's friend Bill Smith, and is itself accepting Superman comics and other material at the following address:
920 Express Dr
Belleville, IL 62223
The Save Superman page indicates that additional pledge drives are being planned to take place around the U.S. The page is also updated regularly with news about the police investigation and also remarks from Meyer, passed on through his friend Bill Smith. The latest from Meyer is as follows:
I have never felt so much love in my life; I no longer feel like the Frankenstein monster. I feel that people understand me now, for the first time in my life.
Meyer added a quote attributed to a Superman comic fromt he 1960s:
Do good unto others and every man can be a Superman.