Spiderman is a common hero in comic shops, but this time, it was not only a bookshelf Spiderman that sprang into action, but a real life one.

A store in Australia saw a real-life Spiderman collaring a criminal who tried to steal a comic. The Spiderman was no photojournalist, but Comic Centre owner Michael Baulderstone, who was dressed up as Spiderman to celebrate the international free comic day.

When Baulderstone spotted a customer acting ‘suspiciously’ at the back of his store, his Spidey senses kicked in and went to investigate. Baulderstone discovered the man was trying to shoplift an X-Men omnibus worth around $195.

The security cameras showed Bauderstone approaching the man and confiscating a rucksack off him. ‘We had about 40 people dressed up as their favourite superheroes to celebrate international Free Comic Day, so he didn’t have much of a choice but to hand the X-Men omnibus back after a little bit of a scuffle,’ Baulderstone told the local Advertiser newspaper.

Michael Baulderstone dressed as Spiderman


As the man tried to flee the comic shop, his fellow super heroes sprang into action in the form of Jedi Knights and comic hero Flash. Police were called in to arrest the suspect.