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October 24, 2013

Rare Brazilian Comics Collection Subject Of Home Robbery

imageFabio Antibas sent along a link to this article, which indicates that three armed men entered the home of Antonio Jose da Silva and stole over 7000 comics including 200 first editions of the 1930s-1940s publications O Lobinho and O Gibi.

O Lobinho was the primary repository for translations of stories from American comic books and pulps. O Gibi reprinted a number of North American comic strips and its name is synonymous for comics in that country. The stole books have an estimated market value of $150,000 USD.

Da Silva, a man in his early 60s, has a collection totaling over 200,000 magazines and has routinely allowed journalists and researchers to have access to them. He and two employees were held at gun point while the robbers made a beeline to the most expensive books, indicating some sort of prior knowledge by the robbers or those directing them. The comics were uninsured despite Da Silva's best efforts to find someone that would write him a policy. Items from the collection can be seen here.

There are as of yet no leads.
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