Get Caught Reading: Marvelous Couples Romp Through Comic History
May is National Get Caught Reading Month! Launched in 1999 by the Association of American Publishers and now managed by Every Child a Reader, the campaign encourages readers of all ages to get caught reading by providing teachers and librarians with posters of celebrities, sports stars, USA Olympic teams, authors, and beloved book characters reading a book. And sometimes, the Marvel Cinematic Universe even gets in on the fun!
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According to the campaign’s about page:
Because of research indicating that early language experience actually stimulates a child’s brain to grow and that reading to children gives them a huge advantage when they start school, we hope to encourage people of all ages to enjoy books and magazines and to share that pleasure with the young children in their lives.
Next Month, Marvel Blog is encouraging you to get caught reading (for fun!) by celebrating your love of Super Heroes, as well as the bond between some of Marvel Comics greatest superhero couples.
1. Vision and the Scarlet Witch
Did you enjoy watching Wanda Maximoff (Elizabeth Olsen) and the Vision (Paul Bettany) on WandaVision as much as the rest of the world? Well then, check out how the most unusual couple in the Marvel Multiverse started their journey into suburban bliss (?) in the panels of Marvel Comics.
In Giant-Size Avengers #4 by Steve Englehart, Don Heck, John Tartaglione, and Petra Goldberg, Vision and the Scarlet Witch finally get married!
2. Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson – ‘Nuff Said!
Get caught reading one of the greatest superhero love stories of all time! The wedding of Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson happens in the Amazing Spider-Man Annual #21 by Jim Shooter, David Michelinie, Paul Ryan, Vince Colletta, Rick Parker, Bob Sharen, and Jim Salicrup.
3. Northstar and Kyle Jinadu
In 1992, Marvel made headlines when it revealed that Northstar, a Canadian superhero associated with Alpha Flight and the X-Men, was gay. Almost 20 years later the character was back in the news for marrying his long-time partner, Kyle Jinadu, in Astonishing X-Men #51 by Marjorie Liu, Mike Perkins, Andre Hennessy, Andy Troy, Jim Charalampidis, Rachelle Rosenberg, and Marvel’s VC team.
4. Steve Rogers and Sharon Carter
As much as we love Sharon Carter at Marvel Blog, we love
Captain America Agent Peggy Carter even more… And we want to know what happens with the complicated love triangle between Steve Rogers and the Carters.
If you’re curious too, then while waiting for Peggy Carter’s next on-screen appearance in Marvel’s What If…?, check out the comic book story line featuring the “it’s complicated” trio. In Captain America #31 by Dan Jurgens, Andy Kubert, Dan Green, Gregory Wright, Todd Klein, and Bob Chase, Captain American and Sharon Carter must confront their complicated relationship in the aftermath of their battle in the Savage Land.
5. Fantastic Four and Power Pack
Fantastic Four and Power Pack #1 by Fred Van Lente, Gurihiru, and Dave Sharpe is on the list because it features one of this writer’s favorite superhero teams of ALL TIME, the Power Pack. Plus, when bullies take over New York City’s P.S. 616, the Power Pack must team-up with the Fantastic Four to stop a real-world problem that anyone who has experienced bullying can relate to. Don’t worry, love ultimately prevails!
6. Jessica Jones and Luke Cage
For Marvel fans who loved the Netflix shows, there’s plenty of reading material to check out while we await news about those characters reintroduction into the MCU. If you want to know more about the love story between Luke Cage and Jessica Jones, read New Avengers Annual #1 by Brian Michael Bendis, Olivier Coipel, Jose Villarrubia, and many more.
In the New Avengers Annual, Luke Cage has just proposed to his longtime girlfriend and ex-superhero, Jessica Jones, who just had the couple’s baby. And by the way, that baby is Danielle Cage – one of many Marvel Multiverse Captain Americas from Earth 15061.
7. Black Panther and Storm
Although the Marvel Cinematic Universe has yet to introduce the mutants into the main timeline, in the comics, Black Panther and Storm have been dating since their childhood. In Black Panther #18 by Dean White, Kaare Andrews, Klaus Janson, Randy Gentile, and Scot George Eaton, the Black Panther and Storm are ready to tie the knot.
8. Captain Marvel + Flerken
Do you prefer the bond between man and animal? Is Goose your favorite character in the MCU? Because the adorable Flerken is one of our favorite fur babies at Marvel, and now, readers of all ages can check out his comic counterpart, Chewbacca “Sassy” Danvers, latest adventure in Marvel Action: Captain Marvel #1 by Sam Maggs, Sweeney Boo, Brittany Peer, and Christa Miesner.
In this series, Captain Marvel teams up with Jessica Drew (A.K.A. Spider-Woman) and the Guardians of the Galaxy to go on an adventure to save NYC’s bodegas from a clowder of angry felines.
What do you hope to get caught reading in May 2021? Stay tuned to Marvel Blog for more comic book reading suggestions throughout the month!