Nicolas Cage jokingly asks for the public’s help in retrieving rare comic books that were stolen from him that he estimates are now worth millions.
Nicolas Cage is asking for his fans’ help in recovering a collection of rare comic books that were stolen from him decades ago. The Academy Award-winning actor can soon be seen in The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talentreleasing on April 22. The meta-action-comedy will see Cage playing an actor named Nick Cage who becomes embroiled in a plot involving international crime and the CIA.
In early 2000, Cage’s house was robbed of several extremely valuable comic books from his personal collection. Among the stolen books was a copy of Action Comics # 1 (the first appearance of Superman) and Detective Comics # 27 (Batman’s debut issue). Following years of investigations, Cage would eventually be reunited with his copy of Action Comics # 1 in 2011, though he sold it at auction shortly afterwards. But still, to this day, many of the other pilfered books have yet to be recovered.
Now, in a new video promoting Massive Talent, Cage jokingly pleads for the public’s help in finally closing the case. In a reference to his role in the National Treasures movies, Cage was asked what real-world treasure he would steal if given the opportunity. The actor jokingly replied, “I just want to get my comic books back.“He says that the books are now “treasures that are in the ten million dollar range,“adding that he could use that money to donate to charity. The clip even included a fake tipline for anyone looking to help: 555-N1CS-STUFF. Check out the full video below:
It’s no surprise that Cage is so keen to get his property back. Famously a die-hard comic book fan, Cage played the titular character in both Ghost Rider movies, portrayed Big Daddy in Kick-Assand provided his voice for Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. For years there were plans for him to star as Superman in a Tim Burton adaptation titled Superman Lives, but that project never came to fruition. He took his stage name from Mavel’s Luke Cage and even named his son Kal-El, Superman’s Kryptonian birth name. So it’s pretty clear the star’s passion for comic books runs deep.
The saga of Cage’s stolen comics is one fit for a Hollywood script. While the promotional video was clearly made in jest, Cage surely wants to see his property returned to him, especially since he’s such a noted fan of the comic book medium. Whether or not that ever happens remains to be seen, but Nicolas Cage seemingly has not given up on his search yet.
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