I know I should be focusing on the substance of this article in the Montgomery, Ala., Advertiser about the special issue of Marvel’s New Avengers produced exclusively for the military, but I’m having trouble getting past the reporter’s description of the character Luke Cage as “black strongman.”
Nick Fury isn’t referred to as the “one-eyed white guy,” but Cage gets the “black strongman” tag.
Anyway, the article is about the 1 million copies of the special issue distributed free tomorrow to U.S. troops and their families through the Army & Air Force Exchange Service. About 214,000 copies will be sent to service members in Afghanistan and Iraq. This is the third time Marvel has teamed with the military for a special issue.
In the story, called “Time Trouble,” The Avengers and X-Men battle Kang the Conqueror, “but it isn’t until the U.S. military shows up that the battle turns in the favor of the Marvel characters.”
But what’s a special-edition comic without a rampant speculator market? Nothing, I tell you.
“Industry experts said the books often become collectibles,” the newspaper writes. “The previous issues of the special The New Avengers series sold on eBay for as much as $10.”