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Stan Lee to Serve as Honorary Chairman of Library Card Sing-Up Month

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.

Chief Creative Officer for Victory Hill Exhibitions Nicholas Cooper and Stan Lee attend Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibition at Discovery Times Square on May 30, 2014 in New York City.
Photo by Thos Robinson

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).