Hundreds of people, from school-aged children to those old enough to have purchased 10-cent comic books, gathered July 20 at Packrat Comics, 3864 Lattimer St., to meet Margot Kidder, the actress who flew alongside Christopher Reeve in the 1978 feature film, Superman.

Hundreds of people, from school-aged children to those old enough to have purchased 10-cent comic books, gathered July 20 at Packrat Comics, 3864 Lattimer St., to meet Margot Kidder, the actress who flew alongside Christopher Reeve in the 1978 feature film, Superman.

Many were dressed as Superman or Lois Lane, the Daily Planet reporter Kidder portrayed in the movie and several sequels. Others were dressed as various comic-book characters.

Kidder greeted fans, asked their names and shared different anecdotes with each, including stories about filming and the numerous takes and uncomfortable settings required to capture "special effects" in a film era before computer-generated images.

Jamie and Teresa Colegrove, owners of Packrat Comics, arranged for Kidder's visit as part of a "Not at Comic-Con" event the comic book shop hosted.

"A lot of people can't make the trip (to Comic-Con International), so we wanted to bring some of it to Hilliard," said Jamie Colegrove, a 1991 graduate of Hilliard High School.

Each July, Comic-Con International is held in San Diego, Calif., an event the Colegroves have attended in the past, but not this year.

The Colegroves also secured visits from Darryl Banks, who illustrated Green Lantern, and Chris Sprouse, who worked on Batman and Superman strips for DC Comics.

Among those who came to meet Kidder was 58-year-old Marla Gleason of Hilliard.

"I watched the first TV show of Superman," Gleason said. "I read all the Superman comic books, too."

She had Kidder sign a limited-edition DVD to add to her Superman-related autograph collection, which includes the autographs of George Reeves and Dean Cain, both of whom have portrayed Superman in film.

Also there to see Kidder were Victor Schnell, 26, of Westerville, and Brandi Weaver, 20.

Schnell was dressed in a Superman costume and Weaver portrayed Lois Lane.

"My parents had magazines and I saw (the 1978 version of) Superman when I was about 7," said Schnell, who travels with Weaver to various events similar to that which Packrat Comics hosted.