When central Ohio comic book stores celebrate Free Comic Book Day on May 3, the focus won't be on Superman, Batman or Spider-Man.

When central Ohio comic book stores celebrate Free Comic Book Day on May 3, the focus won't be on Superman, Batman or Spider-Man.

Instead, local comic book dealers have chosen to add Hilliard school crossing guard Dianna Sharp to their list of superheroes.

Sharp, 41, was killed April 10 when she was struck by a truck while saving the life of second-grader Christian Engle.

"Sharp was very heroic and tried to protect the child with her own body, and in the end, sacrificed her life to save another," said Jamie Colegrove, owner of Packrat Comics, near Scioto Darby Elementary School in Hilliard, where Sharp served as a school crossing guard.

"It truly was amazing how quickly Dianna reacted to protect Christian," Colgrove said. "We wanted to honor her sacrifice and heroism. Free Comic Book Day seemed like an excellent opportunity to acknowledge her as our own superhero."

Colgrove said many central Ohio comic book dealers agreed to participate and will be accepting donations on behalf of the Sharp and Engle families for the Key Bank and Fifth Third Bank funds that have been established.

Anyone interested in contributing to the May 3 fund-raiser can contact Colgrove at (614) 527-8450 or via e-mail at packratcomics@ sbcglobal.net.

Central Ohio comic book dealers participating in the May 3 fundraiser include:

Packrat Comics, 3872 Lattimer St., Hilliard

Packrat Comics, 109 E. Fifth St., Marysville

The Laughing Ogre, 4258 North High St., Columbus

British Papermill, 5733 Brice Outlet Mall, Columbus

Discount Paperback Center, 10 Chittenden Ave., Columbus

Comic Town, 320 S. State St., Westerville

Comic Town, 1249 Morse Road, Columbus

Comic Town, 1065 Gemini Place, Columbus

Moore Comics, 5505 Westerville Road, Westerville

Alley Cat Games & Comics, 274 Festival Lane, Dublin

Dave's Club House, 1538 Brice Road, Reynoldsburg