Rows of comics, stuffed toys, glasses, and clothes were displayed at Bodnar’s Auction. The collectibles were monitored by surveillance cameras as attendees of the New Jersey Comic Expo browsed through the aisles. Nearly every item donned Superman’s red and yellow “S” and they had all belonged to the late lifelong Franklin Township resident, William Kazar.
The collection contains over 1,500 items featuring the man of steel, according to Auction Owner Joe Bodnar. He said Kazar “gravitated to [Superman] because of his navy seal background.” Kazar was a lieutenant commander in the U.S. Navy Seals, served in Vietnam, and like Superman, wanted to help people.
The collection has many original pieces from the 1940s and 1950s, according to Bodnar’s Auction’s website. Some specialty items, such as Superman swimming fins and View-Masters, included their original packaging.
Beyond his Superman collection, Bodnar said Kazar was also known as a historian and collected materials related to N.J. history. Another auction is being held by Bodnar’s at the New Jersey Convention and Expo Center on Saturday, Dec. 3 with Kazar’s historical collection. Also in December, Bodnar’s Auction will have the remaining items of Kazar’s collection which focuses on 1950s toys that include Space Cadets, Roy Rogers, and Howdy Doody.
Kazar died on Nov. 19, 2015 at 70-years-old. He neither had next-of-kin nor a will designating his estate, according to Bodnar, who knew Kazar for about 22 years. Bodnar said Kazar worked for the auction for approximately 10 years as a cashier.