Comic book superheroes always catch the bad guys, but who knew they could nab real-life ones as well?
But this was no ordinary comic book. It was the 1963 edition of "The Amazing Spider-Man, No. 2." He told the store manager "he wanted to buy the comic book for his father" and paid with a check for $980.99.
Police caught up with the comic thief in September 2008 in Laredo, Texas. Meherg was extradited to Illinois, where he pled guilty to a felony charge of theft in DuPage County Circuit Court Thursday. He was ordered to pay $980.99 in restitution and sentenced to seven years in prison.
The valuable first-edition comic book has not been recovered.
Matt Bartosik, editor of Off the Rocks' next issue, tried unsuccessfully to be interested in comic books.