What can Spider-Man teach your kids about money? Plenty, according to the creators of a first-ever financial literacy comic book for kids: "Avengers Saving the Day."
On Saturday, free "Avengers" copies will be given away at comic book stores in Sacramento and across the country, part of the 10th annual "Free Comic Book Day." The event, sponsored by comic book publishers like Marvel and DC Comics, is expected to give away 4.5 million copies of various titles from America's favorite superheroes, from Batman to Sonic the Hedgehog. Participating stores in the Sacramento area include Big Brother Comics, Empire's Comics Vault, Metropolis Comix, and River City Comics + Games.
"Avengers: Saving the Day" is a special collaboration between Marvel and Visa Inc.'s "Practical Money Skills for Life" website. It features Spider-Man and other Avengers battling bad guys, while slipping in messages about budgeting, banking, saving and other money-minded wisdom.
Aside from Saturday's giveaway, the Avengers can be downloaded or requested by mail from Visa's financial literacy site. It's available in eight languages, including Chinese, French, Spanish and Russian.
The script, by Marvel scriptwriter James Asmus, also includes "budget blaster" worksheets and classroom tools for teachers.
"We've packed danger, humor, spectacle and character moments in, alongside introductions to both financial principles and Marvel's mightiest heroes. I'd say readers would be getting their money's worth," said writer Asmus in a statement.