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By day, Jon Berk is a mild-mannered civil attorney in Connecticut.Berk's collection of more than 18,000 books and 300 pieces of comic-book art goes on display March 11 at the Metropolis Gallery in New York City.The collection includes rare copies of the 1938 Action Comics No. 1, in which Superman makes his first appearance; the 1939 book Detective Comics No. 27, which features the first appearance of Batman; rare Spider-Man and Captain America books and several pieces of art by noted comic-book artist Lou Fine.Vincent Zurzolo, the chief operating officer of ComicConnect and Metropolis Collectibles, said Berk's collection is one of the most important in the world because of its breadth and the number of rare books dating back to the mid-1930s.
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