STOMP Out Bullying, an organization that focuses on reducing and preventing bullying, cyber bullying, sexting and other forms of digital abuse, is enlisting the help of Marvel Entertainment and some of Earth’s mightiest heroes to raise awareness on a social epidemic. This October Marvel will release variant covers of Captain America, Guardians of the Galaxy, and others to commemorate National Bully Prevention Month. And yes. They’re as inspiring and heartwarming as you might think they are.
“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 first Monday of October (October 6, 2014) is Blue Shirt Day World Day of Bullying Prevention, and marks a day of unity where kids and adults of all ages stand together against bullying by wearing blue to show their support for the cause and raise awareness around the world.
“We are privileged to join forces with Marvel Entertainment on this critically important bullying and cyber bullying prevention campaign,” said Ross Ellis, founder and Chief Executive Officer of STOMP Out Bullying. “Bullying and cyber bullying 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.”
The following comic books, on-sale in October, will feature special STOMP Out Bullying variant covers:
- ROCKET RACCOON #4
- GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY #20
- HULK #7
- CAPTAIN AMERICA #25
- LEGENDARY STAR-LORD #4
Here’s a preview of things to come in, and don’t forget to wear your blue shirt on October 6th!
Check out the official website for STOMP Out Bullying for more info.