Marvel salutes America's fighting forces

Wed, January 9th, 2002 at 12:00am PST

Comic Books
Jonah Weiland, Founder/Former Owner

Official Press Release

Hey, True Believer!

This world can be a cynical place. But if you're like me, you appreciate the

good deeds - and good words - that we can share with one another. And in the

wake of the 9/11 attack, it is these simple gestures of good will that both

heal and inspire us. Having said that, Marvel recently received two letters

from members of the U.S.'s Armed Forces that I'd like to share with you.

The first is from a 1st Lieutenant in the U.S. Air Force, who e-mailed us

from his ship, asking if we had any spare comics to send over to boost the

troops' morale. We gladly sent him a box of trade paperbacks to share with

his fellow soldiers. For security reasons, he asked that I not reveal his

name or location. But I can say he is overseas in what many of us would

consider a very dangerous location. Here's his short but sweet message...

Mr. Rosemann,

I'm still a little bit in shock that the big man, Mr. Joe Quesada

himself, read my message. As a long-standing Marvel fan, this note makes my

day and proves to me even more that Marvel comics are the greatest in the

world! We truly appreciate all the support that the people back home are

giving us. I also want to add a special note of thanks to Marvel for the

publication of HEROES. I haven't been able to see it personally but from

what I've heard it is wonderful and a true tribute to those who gave their

all on and since Sept. 11th. Please pass on to Mr. Quesada my sincere

appreciation for his efforts and to all of the staff there helping to put

this together.

I wish to again express, for all of us here, my extreme gratitude

for your efforts.

'Till Spidey dresses in drag and joins the circus. . . Make Mine Marvel!

This second letter came not from overseas, but right from Marvel's own backyard...

Hello to all at Marvel Comics,

My name is Brian Bush and I am in the United States Coast Guard. I

have recently returned from New York where I was working with the United

States Navy patrolling the harbor. My job was to board and check out

incoming ships coming into the docks. Due to the size of some of these

ships, sometimes

these boarding can take hours to complete, but I know the job we are doing

is important. I enjoyed your fair city and was never treated better than I

was in New York.

Sadly, I was unable to get to the Marvel Office and meet my favorite

comic characters, (Spider-Man would have been the best!!) but I was able to

get to the top of the Empire State Building and enjoy the sights on my one

day in port. From up there I could see where the Twin Towers used to be, and

to be honest it tore my heart to hear the children asking their parents

where they used to be and wondering why such a thing happend. I had no

answers that I could give and these children's parents did their best to

help them understand.

I am from the Deep South, Jacksonville, Arkansas to be exact, where

we have no buildings or city that could even come close to comparison. What

I could imagine though, was seeing Spider-Man swinging through the buildings

and maybe seeing an Avengers' Quinjet soaring by, which brings a smile to my


I love what you guys have done since Sept. 11th. I actually cried

when I read my AMAZING SPIDER-MAN issue about the event. I love the fact

that New York, and all Americans, picked ourselves up, dusted ourselves off,

and returned to life as best we could. I salute you all and promise to keep

doing my job to the best of my ability as long as you keep putting out

comics that can make me feel like a kid again, and at the same time put me

on an emotional roller coaster, for good or bad, because that is what you


Please thank all the writers, artists, staffers, mail people, and

even the interns for all that you have done and know that I am and always

will be a Marvel fan through and through.

I thank you for your time.

Semper Paratus!

Brian Keith Bush, QM2

Taclet North

Maritime Safety And Security Team 603

All of us at Marvel thank these two brave men - and all who put their lives

on the line - as they continue to define the word "hero."

Bill Rosemann

Marketing Communications Manager

Marvel Comics

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