Official Press Release
Marvel Comics Editor Tom Brevoort brought trading back into comic collecting with his yearlong "Take My Trade" program that took place on his blog at Marvel.com. Tom wanted to see if he could trade all the way up to a vaunted Fantastic Four #1 if he swung the right deals with fans...and he did! When it was all said and done, Tom decided to donate the books he traded for along the way to a worthy cause-the Hero Initiative.
Hero got Marvel founder Stan Lee-and in some cases, legendary Marvel artist John Romita as well-to autograph all the books, which will be auctioned off starting Monday, February 22, at 1 PM Eastern time. Approximately 10 books per week will be auctioned at via Hero's eBay page at http://qurls.com?i=48837 until all 48 books are gone!
All books-including the Fantastic Four #1 as well!-have been graded by CGC, Comics Guarantee Corporation, and have encapsulated as part of their prestigious Signature Series. All books will also come with a Certificate of Meaninglessness from Brevoort, noting that they were part of "Take My Trade."
"It was outstanding and humbling to experience the extreme generosity that comic fans showed both by taking part in this fun little trading event, and by giving far more than they asked for in return. I think that's a testament to the power of the good work the Hero Initiative has been doing to help comics creators of years past who've fallen down on their luck-Marvel fans were much more motivated to participate knowing that the end goal was to give back to some of the talents that entertained us all over the years. Now my great hope is that these books generate a staggering amount of capital to continue that good work-so come on, get in there and bid, generously!" said Brevoort.
About The Hero Initiative
The Hero Initiative is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday's creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. It's a chance for all of us to give back something to the people who have given us so much enjoyment.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $400,000 to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today. For more information, visit www.heroinitiative.org or call 626-676-6354.