The American Library Association (A.L.A.) announced Tuesday, that this September, Stan Lee “will encourage children to get the most important school supply of all: a library card.” With Jack Kirby (1917-1194), Stan Lee co-created the Fantastic Four in 1962, the Silver Surfer in 1966, the Hulk in 1962, and the X-Men in 1963; with Kirby, Larry Lieber, and Don Heck (1929-1995), he co-created Iron Man in 1963; with Lieber and Kirby he c-created Marvel’s version of Thor in 1962; with Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man in 1962 and Doctor Strange in 1963; and with Bill Everett, he co-created Daredevil in 1964.
As the Honorary Chair of Library Card Sign-up Month, Lee has donated his image to a print and digital public service announcement (P.S.A.). The A.L.A. will place the P.S.A. in magazines and on Web sites to remind parents and educators that a library card is a key tool in achieving academic success.
Lee’s latest creation is Zodiac, an action-packed illustrated novel written by Lee and Stuart Moore and illustrated by Andie Tong. In the first story, we follow Steven Lee, a young Chinese-American teen who is drawn into a mysterious conspiracy surrounding 12 mystical pools of energy and a power-hungry secret organization.
Librarians looking to promote Library Card Sign-up Month locally can download the print and digital PSAs featuring Lee at www.ala.org/librarycardsignup. Free customization is available.
In addition to the PSA, sample media tools are now available to remind the public of all the resources available for free with a library card. Tools include a sample press release, op-ed, proclamation and P.S.A. scripts.
To download free promotional materials, visit www.ala.org/librarycardsignup.
Library Card Sign-up Month is a time when libraries across the country remind parents that a library card is the most important school supply of all. Thousands of public and school libraries join together each fall in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.
The Campaign for America’s is [sic] Libraries is the ALA’s public awareness campaign that promotes the value of libraries and librarians. Thousands of libraries of all types – across the country and around the globe – use the Campaign’s @ your library® brand. The Campaign is made possible in part by ALA’s Library Champions.
Having created many super-heroes and super-heroines of the Silver Age of Comic Books and revived others (including Sub-Mariner and Captain America) from the Golden Age, Lee and Kirby co-created the Avengers in 1963 a team of super-heroes as an answer to DC’s Justice League of America. Lee and Kirby also created three of the most important Marvel villains: Doctor Doom in 1962, Magneto in 1963, and Galactus in 1966.
Children born in the 1970s first encountered Lee as the narrator of the cartoon Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends (1981-83). Many younger people first encounter him in cameos in films adapted from Marvel comics, including X-Men (2000), all five Spider-Man films produced by Columbia, Daredevil (2003), and all the films so far in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, starting with Iron Man (2008).