Taking time out from his daily task of avenging evildoers, Superman is visiting the Bradford Library-- or at least some popular memorabilia of the comic strip hero.
"We have had some people that are really interested in it. I've had some emails saying do you want some more to display? Because they have a whole collection at home. Or they are saying I'm not really into Superman but Batman," said Debra Tinkham of the Bradford Library.
The collection belongs to Patrick Peters. The Bradford resident is a Superman aficionado.
"I first got into Superman when I walked into a local comic book store in Barre soon after the death of Superman, and there was all these books about the funeral of him and how the world was going to deal with him gone. And I was like, there is something here," Peters said.
This is only about half of Peters' Superman collection. What's not here-- about 1,700 comics of the superhero, someone Peters says he relates to.
"He doesn't really fit into this world. He is trying to figure out how he can be a part of us, be human. And early on he just doesn't get it," Peters said.
It's supernatural knowledge he wants to share.
"I'm a huge fan," Peters said. "I think there is something there about Superman that people need to see. He's been around since the 1930s and why?!"
The library is using the collection to spark conversations.
"We just want to respond to what the community wants, so if people are interested in Superman-- or not-- it gets the conversation going and we have accomplished our goal," Tinkham said.
And in case you wondered what Peters thinks about Superman's main squeeze: "What's there not to like about Lois? She is a firecracker!" he said.
The display has been up for two weeks and it will be taken down Wednesday evening. However, not without a showing of the movie "Superman," which all super fans are encouraged to attend.
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