Spider-Man teaches kids about finances in new comic book

Published: Wednesday, April 4 2012 11:22 a.m. MDT

Marvel Comics and Visa Inc. are using Thor, Hulk, Iron Man, Black Widow and Spider-Man to teach kids about financial literacy, according to the East Texas Review.

Only a few states require that courses on financial literacy be completed to graduate high school; in addition, consumers in today's world are faced with increasingly complex financial decisions, according to the article. That's why Marvel and Visa made "Avengers: Saving the Day," in which the superheroes stop Mole Man as he attempts to rob a bank.

"In an uncertain world, understanding how to save and properly budget your hard-earned money is one of the keys to personal success. The Avengers are not only the world's greatest heroes, but they also know a thing or three about financial health. After all, Iron Man hasn't managed his vast wealth of Stark Enterprises by accident, and, as Spider-Man learns in this story, you don't have to be a millionaire to be a saving hero," Marvel Comics editor Bill Rosemann told the East Texas Review.

The comic book on financial literacy is available for free online and in print at Practical Money Skills for Life, a free financial management program done by Visa. It can be found at www.practicalmoneyskills.com/avengers.

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