Comic book “hero” comes to town


First Posted: 8/21/2009

WEST PITTSTON – Everything happens for a reason.

“I firmly believe that,” said Bryan Anderson, as he took a break from signing his autograph on comic books and other items Friday afternoon at Max Saturdays comic book store.

The triple-amputee lost both legs and his left hand while serving with the U.S. Army in Iraq. Some people in Anderson’s position might have spiraled into a deep depression, looked for pity or decided that his life was meaningless. Instead Anderson used the life-changing incident as a motivator in his life and in turn he motivates others.

The incidents of Oct. 23, 2005, the day Anderson was on patrol in a Humvee and an improvised explosive device was detonated, are detailed in a Captain America comic book that was released on Wednesday.

While others read comic books for entertainment and escapism, Anderson lived the basic story that’s detailed in colorful cartoon panels.

“My legs were on the floorboard; my hand was in the passenger seat,” Anderson, 28, recalled. As a result of his injuries, he was awarded a Purple Heart. He spent 13 months undergoing rehabilitation at Walter Reed Army Hospital and is one of the few triple amputees to have survived his injuries in Iraq.

His story appeared in Esquire magazine, and newspapers in Los Angeles, New York and his hometown of Chicago. He became a motivational speaker and works with Quantum Rehab, a division of Exeter-based Pride Mobility Corp., as a product tester and spokesman.

Read the complete story in Saturday’s edition of The Times Leader and on www.timesleader.com.

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