Montclair boy donates thousands of comic books to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst

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Carl Scheckel donated nearly 3,000 comic books to members of the military. Carl Scheckel donated nearly 3,000 comic books to members of the military.
FORT DIX -

A young Essex County comic book aficionado is sharing his passion with the military.

Montclair 10-year-old Carl Scheckel organized a campaign last month that gathered roughly 3,000 comic books to donate to Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst. He collected them mostly through donations at comic book shows, but he also gave up many titles from his vast personal collection.

The comics were shipped to locations around the globe. Recipients are being urged to send a picture to Scheckel to help recognize his hard work.

Scheckel, who has a website dedicated to comic book reviews and interviews, says he just wanted to do something for the troops. When he dropped off his donation at the base, he was surprised with a VIP tour led by several high-ranking base officials.

The Associated Press wire services contributed to this report.

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