Marvel Reveals Anti-Bullying Variant Covers

Some of Marvel’s greatest superheroes are getting in on the action for National Bullying Prevention Month, as the company unveils a dedicated set of variant covers aimed at supporting the effort.

Marvel is pairing up with STOMP Out Bullying, the USA’s leading Anti-bullying organization, releasing seven unique variant covers, io9 reports. The special issues will be available only at comic book shops, and will be appearing in October.

Axel Alonso, editor in chief of Marvel Comics, asserted that “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.”

As reports, Alonso’s comments were mirrored by those of Ross Ellis, founder and Chief Executive Officer 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.”

STOMP Out Bullying variant covers will appear on Rocket Raccoon #4, Guardians of the Galaxy #20, Avengers #36, Inhumans #7, Hulk #7, Captain America #25, and Legendary Star-Lord #4. Guardians of the Galaxy characters form a major part of Marvel’s contribution to the anti-bullying initiative, fresh off the massive box office success of this summer’s movie adaptation. As The Inquisitr previously reported, the film was one of the summer’s highest grossing releases, passing the $200 million mark domestically after 15 days in theaters.

The variant covers are not only intended to support National Bullying Prevention Month, but also STOMP Out Bullying’s internationally targeted Blue Shirt Day, which takes place on October 6th. The event aims to raise awareness, while giving schools and communities the tools to fight bullying in their midst.

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