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Heroes Aren't Hard to Find collection

Identifier: MS0589

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of comic books donated by Shelton Drum, owner of Heroes Aren't Hard to Find. There are several specialty comics that are HeroesCon-themed or were designed by Charlotte artists. Additionally, there is a series of convention booklets from HeroesCon.


  • Creation: 1982-2016

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Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

The Heroes Aren't Hard to Find collection is the physical property of J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections. Some material may be copyrighted or restricted. It is the patron's obligation to determine and satisfy copyright or other case restrictions when publishing or otherwise distributing materials found in the collections.

Biographical / Historical

The Heroes Aren't Hard to Find comic book store was founded in 1980 by Shelton Drum. It began operations in Plaza-Midwood near the corner of Central and Pecan Avenues. It quickly gained a loyal following and grew into one of the most well-known comic book stores in the country. In 1982, Shelton founded Heroes Convention to allow fans to meet professionals and exhibitors. HeroesCon draws people from all over the country every year to enjoy a comics-first event at the Charlotte Convention Center. In 2002, Heroes moved to a new location in the Elizabeth neighborhood where Drum completely renovated the space and helped establish it as one of the most attractive comic stores in the country. Finally, in 2017, Heroes moved into a much larger location in the NoDa neighborhood where it currently remains.


.7 Linear Feet (1 Comic Book Storage Box)


Contains comic books from Heroes Aren't Hard to Find that include specialty and HeroesCon-themed comic books. Also includes a series of HeroesCon convention booklets.


The collection is arranged into the following two series: Convention Booklets and Comic Books.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The collection was donated by Shelton Drum.

Processing Information

The collection was processed by Caroline Marolda in 2019.

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Repository Details

Part of the Manuscript Collections, J. Murrey Atkins Library Special Collections and University Archives, UNC Charlotte Repository

Atkins Library, UNC Charlotte
9201 University City Blvd
Charlotte NC 28223 United States

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