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Friday in the Superman Gallery – Mike Meyer Update

First of all – let’s get the good news out front. They got the guy.

Also, it’s not in the St. Louis news article, but I believe the police got their first good lead on scumbag — all right, alleged scumbag — Gerry Armbruster from a comics fan who recognized the description and M.O. and bird-dogged the guy’s Facebook page early last week.

The fan that tipped the cops used the whole name on Facebook then, but I didn’t want to use that name when I wrote last week’s article; seeing the global mob already forming, I didn’t want every angry Superman fan with an internet connection to land on maybe the wrong guy.  But I did correct it from “Gary” to “Gerry,” and I can tell you now that it is in fact that same Gerry Armbruster who the police took into custody.

Actually totally okay now with giving you not just the name but the actual mug shot of alleged soulless thieving douchebag Gerry Armbruster. Just so you all know THIS IS THE GUY.

Mike’s collection was completely recovered. He now has, thanks to an unprecedented wave of comics internet niceness, almost double what he lost, with more packages coming every day. (The family requests that you please not send any more stuff, if you haven’t already done so.) Already the amount of comics and books and toys that have been arriving just over the last few days has been overwhelming. Mike says the replacement collection will probably go to a local children’s hospital… his way of paying that generosity forward.

So for this week’s column, I give you the final version of the Superman gallery that I have been getting submitted to me. These are scans of the cards and art that comics fans all over the world have been sending to Mike Meyer. I decided it was big enough to rate its own post. Here you go. This is the last update.

Also, I put in links to each artist’s own site in the names, when I could find gallery or webcomic sites for them. Do check them out. Lots of good stuff there.

And again, you all are amazing. In fact, one might even say– yeah, I’m going there– SUPER.

Steven Vasquez sent these two:

Two more, from Celina Hernandez:

Christine Smith:

Claude Parish:


Mike Hales:

Steven Wells:

Toby Allen:

Ray Wegner:

Dock James:

Louis Bright-Raven:

Nabetse’s Drawing Room:

Jande Rowe:

Edo Bosnar sent this from Croatia:

Dennis Kanenwisher:

Worth Dayley:

Roberto Torres:

Elaine Bogan:

Josh Heusinkveld:

Todd Tevlin:

Joshua Swanagon:

Marieke Valstar:

TamTu Bui:

Antoine Gagnon:


Jakob Burgos:

Jon Bogdanove:

Mike Casteel is sending these two custom pillows with Superman art by himself and his girlfriend:

And to go with those pillows, here’s a quilted sofa throw Tarabu Arts made especially for Mike.

Tyra White drew Mike himself as Superman:

Gwen Patton did a special “Jenny Everywhere” webcomic for Mike:

There’s a whole gallery of drawings from the folks at Dreamworks.

And my favorite so far can be found here, from Desmond Reddick and his son Cade.

Check them out, click on the link. It will make you smile. In fact, click on ALL those artist links, because there’s some great stuff at each of them.

And finally, here is some video of Mike reading your mail.

Can’t top that, so…. I’ll see you next week.


Wow. That Bogdonove was even better than his stuff on the title. Way to go Jon. That will mean a lot to Mike.

Let’s not fail to mention that this (alleged…) scumbag was caught in part because he robbed and injured a 76 year old man. Real piece of work, there.

So nice that he got his stuff back, and will pay it forward. Especially if he gives it to a children’s hospital. I had surgery when I was a kid, and the “kids room” at the hospital had a stack of comics in it, and it certainly helped me feel better.

That is a sweet Bog piece. I kinda dig his “scratchier” stuff that he did on MOS, but this is cool. Let’s not forget that he named his kid Kal-El.

This, THIS is why Grant Morrison gets as giddy as a schoolgirl when talking about the idea of Superman. People willing to donate Superman stuff to a guy they’ve never even met.

It’s just something in my eye, darnit! That’s all!

Christine Smith draws the heck out of Streaky! Awesome work.

And so, once again, evil sows the seeds of its own defeat, justice is done, and the net amount of good in the world is markedly increased. Just like in the best Superman comics.

Just posted the piece I did for Mike on my website.
I hope he likes it! Glad he got his stuff back!

I want a Christine Smith “Legion of Super-Pets” series! Are you listening, DC? I would actually buy one of your titles!

Superman's Dancin' For Blue Jeans

September 17, 2011 at 8:21 am

Hey Greg! I see you put in my two images!
I was so happy to do the Superman Vs. Brainiac and Superman and the Justice League images to send off to Mike. His story has really brought out what the comic fan community can really do when trouble arises and one of our own is in need of a boost. The capture of the perp was the perfect capper to this story yesterday. Even better still, that Mike intends to give some of the items he’s gotten to charity.
Awesome! ;)

nice that Mike wound up with a happy ending with his stuff back plus mike also got his faith restored in people by every one rallying to replace his stuff including all that impressive art work in those galleries. and glad the scum bag that decided to help himself to mikes collection got caught.

I’m so glad to hear that Mike got all his stuff back. The fact that so many gave to replace his collection, and that he’s passing it on to a children’s hospital, restores my battered faith in humanity.

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