Spider-Man stops supervillains and thwarts crime in various Marvel comics every month -- but it's not every day that the web-slinger stops a would-be thief in the real world. Yet, that's exactly what happened Sunday morning at a comic shop in Adelaide Australia.

According to The Courier Mail, comic shop owner Michael Baulderstone noticed a man "acting suspiciously" in the back of his store. Baulderstone, who was dressed up as Spider-Man as part of Free Comic Book Day, confronted the man and discovered a $160 book in his backpack. After a brief scuffle, the crook was detained and kept inside the shop (with two guys dressed as Jedi Knights guarding the door) until the police arrived.

"Everyone in the store thought it was a play, that it was street theatre of some sort. It wasn't until I said `Call the police' that people started to realise," Baulderstone added. "It was a bit serious at the time, but now we're looking back laughing at what greeted police when they arrived."

No word on whether said cops were pleased to know that Spider-Man himself was patrolling the comic shops of Adelaide or not, but I'm willing to bet they were. The robber, meanwhile, deserves some sort of Darwin Award for trying to steal from a store where Spidey is hanging out. That's about as dumb as trying to rob a donut shop.
categories Movies, Sci-Fi