Marvel Comics seeks to inspire minds with STEAM Variant covers

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Marvel is Proud to Introduce STEAM Variants this Fall
November Variant Campaign to Promote Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math

New York, NY—Aug 22nd, 2016 — Marvel’s best and brightest heroes are stepping to the head of the class for a series of special variant covers! Marvel is pleased to announce 5 special STEAM Variants coming to some of your favorite Marvel titles this November!

“Our characters have been exciting fans for ages,” says David Gabriel, SVP Sales & Marketing, Marvel Comics. “With our new STEAM Variants, we plan to continue to motivate our fans to explore their passions in the fields of science, technology, engineering, art, and math and present these disciplines through some of our favorite young heroes who are doing just that – following their dreams and preparing for the challenges that await them ahead.”

We are excited to reveal the following STEAM Variants by some of Marvel’s great cover artists:

  • S (science) – MOON GIRL & DEVIL DINOSAUR #13 by Joyce Chin
  • T (technology) – SPIDER-MAN #10 by Pasqual Ferry
  • E (engineering)— INVINCIBLE IRON MAN #1 by Mike McKone
  • A (art) — CHAMPIONS #2 by Pascal Campion
  • M (math) – GWENPOOL #8 by Will Sliney

Through Marvel’s STEAM Variants, this campaign plans to ignite the spark of creativity and innovation that fuels and empowers the very heroes that have helped inspire generations around the world.

This November, join Marvel at your local comic shop as we continue to inspire champions of education, seekers of enlightenment, and the next generation of visionaries with Marvel’s STEAM Variants.

To find a comic shop near you, visit www.comicshoplocator.com or call 1-888-comicbook.

Debating Peter Parker versus Miles Morales in the Marvel Cinematic Universe

I’m honored to have been brought on board as a contributor to the new Gabatron.com podcast network! Brainchild of former radio producer Keith Conrad, Gabatron.com is chock-full of commentary on the world of pop culture, technology and politics.

My first foray into the world of on-demand digital audio is via the podcast Geek/CounterGeek where Keith and I debate/discuss opposing views on a particular geeky topic from comics, television and movies.

Our first edition of Geek/CounterGeek has us discussing the news of Sony Pictures signing a deal with Marvel Studios to bring Spider-Man tSpider-Men_Vol_1_2_Pichelli_Variant_Textlesso the Marvel Cinematic Universe!

Until now, Spider-Man was restricted from being a part of the MCU due to the licensing deal with Sony. This kept everyone’s favorite wall-crawler from appearing in Marvel Studio films like “The Avengers” or “Captain America.” Those restrictions are now gone, true believers!

But now that you can have Spidey appearing alongside Iron Man, Thor and the Black Widow, should Marvel bring in Peter Parker? Or should they go in a new direction with the “Ultimate Comics Spider-Man” in Miles Morales?

Keith and I discuss what going in either direction can entail; how Sony Pictures has flubbed with the Spider-Man franchise; and how the way Superman developed strange new powers in the Christopher Reeve films made no sense. (Of course I voiced my greater disdain for “Man of Steel” too.)

I also take a few playful shots at Damon Lindelof (LOST, Prometheus) for good measure. Please check it out and let me know what you think!