Marvel Announces Anti-Bullying Initiative

Marvel Comics announced on Thursday that it would partner with STOMP Out Bullying and use its line of super hero comic books to bring attention and awareness to one of the most important issues facing youth around the world.

Marvel will release a line of variant covers featuring Captain America, The Guardians of the Galaxy, The Hulk, and more, showing these characters as advocates for bullied youth.

There was a time when only the children likely to be targets of bullying would have read comics and been subject to this message. Thanks to the success of the Marvel Studios line of films, the growing popularity of Marvel’s lineup among mainstream audiences gives this campaign the sort of punch that it would have lacked a decade or so ago.

In a statement on Marvel.com, Editor in Chief Axel Alonso likened the mission of Marvel Comics to the mission of STOMP.

“The center of Marvel’s storytelling history is the eternal struggle between good and evil, with many of its greatest super heroes having to contend with – and rise above – bullying, in all its forms,” said Axel Alonso, Editor in Chief of Marvel Comics. “We are proud to join forces with STOMP Out Bullying on its important bullying prevention awareness mission. We hope that all our fans take a moment this month to educate themselves on the need to stop bullying among our youth by checking out the free resources STOMP Out Bullying has to offer.”

The Marvel/STOMP campaign kicks off in December, so be sure to ask your local comic shop to stock these variants.

"Rocket Raccoon #4" Anti Bullying Variant
“Rocket Raccoon #4” Anti Bullying Variant
"Guardians of the Galaxy #20" Anti Bullying Variant
“Guardians of the Galaxy #20” Anti Bullying Variant
"Hulk #7" Anti Bullying Variant
“Hulk #7” Anti Bullying Variant
"Captain America #25" Anti Bullying Variant
“Captain America #25” Anti Bullying Variant

Josh Epstein

Josh Epstein is the Publisher for the Capeless Crusader website. He’s a lifelong comic nerd, and “Superman” is the first word he ever read aloud. He is also an actor, singer, and resident of a real-world Smallville.

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