Marvel Releases Variant Covers for National Bullying Prevention Month

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 - 3:02PM
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Wednesday, 03 September 2014 - 3:02PM
Marvel Releases Variant Covers for National Bullying Prevention Month

These variant covers are much preferable to the Spider-Woman #1 debacle. In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, Marvel will release covers that feature several Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy heroes providing protection and solace to victims of bullying.

 

"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. "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 covers are part of a collaboration with the non-profit organization STOMP Out Bullying, which aims to educate against bullying, with a focus in cyberbullying. "We are privileged to join forces with Marvel Entertainment on this critically important bullying and cyberbullying prevention campaign," said Ross Ellis, founder and CEO of STOMP Out Bullying. "Bullying and cyberbullying have reached epidemic proportions, with one out of every four kids being a victim. And bullying transcends race, ethnicity, gender, and sexual orientation; in fact, some of Marvel's greatest Super Heroes were themselves bullied as kids and teens. But just as Spider-Man, Captain America, and Marvel's many other Super Heroes were able to triumph and go on to combat evil, so can every one of us be a Super Hero in our own right by standing up and joining the fight to eradicate bullying."

 

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Superheroes as a cultural trend are far from perfect, especially when they reinforce the notion that the default person is a white man, and occasionally that women are hyper-sexualized window dressing, but these covers remind us that they can also be a voice for the disenfranchised. Star Lord's variant cover, in particular, emphasizes that the best superheroes are often fundamentally underdogs. In response to these variant covers, Mary Sue commenter Philip Lopez wrote: "I'm not crying because this is what superheroes are supposed to be! YOU ARE!!!"

 

The covers can be seen on the Marvel comics issues Rocket Raccoon #4, Guardians of the Galaxy #20, Avengers #36, Inhuman #7, Hulk #7, Captain America #25, Legendary Star-Lord #4.

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