SPOTTED: Rep. Robert Garcia (D-Calif.) getting up close and personal with a first edition “Superman” No. 1 comic as he was reunited with the famed issue nearly a week after being sworn in with it and the Constitution.
Librarian of Congress Carla Hayden joined the House freshman at the Library of Congress on Thursday for a chance to check out and snap a few photos on his phone of the coveted Man of Steel comic.
Garcia was sworn-in to Congress last week on the Constitution, with the Superman comic tucked underneath, along with a photo of the Peru-born lawmaker’s parents and his citizenship certificate.
Garcia, 45, has said he’s been a longtime Superman devotee. “I became a Superman fan as a kid because I related to him. An immigrant, a sense of justice, and a secret identity,” he tweeted in 2021. His office has said that he learned to read and write English via the famed superhero comic.
The Superman comic — on loan from the Library of Congress — is one of hundreds of thousands of comic books housed there. The Library of Congress has the largest publicly available collection of comic books in the country, totaling about 146,000 issues.