Marvel salutes America’s fighting forces

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Marvel salutes America’s fighting forces

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

Marvel salutes America’s fighting forces