Man wants to sell comics to support real hero

Posted at 5:46 PM, May 31, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-31 21:30:39-04

A La Mesa man is selling his comic book collection full of superheroes so he can help a real hero.

"I think I've come up with a good idea for it," Steve Atencio said as he leafed through a box of comics. It's a small part of a 1,700 comic book collection.

Atencio wants to sell the collection to the highest bidder and donate every single cent to Ryan Wilcox's family. Wilcox is battling leukemia.

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"The family has recently gotten some news that his treatment wasn't really working as well as they were hoping," said Atencio's wife Sarah.

The Grossmont High School student already survived a brain tumor as a three-year-old.

"It brings tears to my eyes. Ryan's a hero," said Sarah Atencio.

Wilcox's classmates recently held a "#RyanStrong" rally. The stars of the "Avengers" movies -- Chris Evans, Robert Downey, Jr. and Gwenyth Paltrow -- also paid him a visit at his home.

"Inside I am like, 'Ahhhhh!!!'" joked Wilcox shortly after the visit.

The superhero visit gave Atencio the idea.

"Anything we can do to help bring a little bit of normality to their life would be nice," he said.

Atencio created a Twitter account called @SDComicAuction to gauge interest from auctions or individual collectors.