Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) is currently the primary contender to frontrunner Hillary Clinton in the early field of candidates for the 2016 Democratic presidential nomination. Campaign manager Jeff Weaver is at the head of Sanders’ efforts — and he’s also the owner and operator of a comic shop, as reported on earlier this week by Mother Jones.
Having met in 1986, Weaver’s a longtime friend and advisor to Sanders, joining his staff as a legislative assistant in 1991, and eventually running Sanders’ successful campaign for a Senate seat in 2006. In 2009, Weaver stepped away from politics to indulge his other passion. He opened Victory Comics in Fall Church, Virginia, offering the typical comic book shop slate of new releases, collected editions, back issues, action figures, games and more.
But what sets Weaver’s shop apart is his collection of vintage comics, offering copies of Golden Age comics in good-to-great condition. Originally purchased on eBay in 2003, Weaver’s collection included the holiest of holy grails for any Batman fan — “Detective Comics” #27.
In May of this year, Weaver leapt back into the world of politics with Sanders’ presidential campaign. Sanders is trailing behind Hillary Clinton by a wide margin in national polls, though recent numbers show him closing the gap in New Hampshire, where the first primary of the year will take place on Feb. 9, following the Iowa caucus eight days earlier.
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