Avengers Comic Teaches Mad Money Skills

3 04 2012

Join Spider-Man and the Avengers in this exciting educational comic about saving money and saving the day. The heroes team up to defeat the villain Mole Man and his evil army, all the while learning important financial skills. The action-packed comic features a budgeting worksheet, finance terms and more.

http://practicalmoneyskills.com/avengers/

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Yes, this is for real. It’s absolutely ridiculous, but still fun in the same way that seeing villains thwarted with Hostess Creme Pies was perfectly acceptable in the ’70s and ’80s. And yes, this is coming from a guy who once actually sent in wrappers from Charleston Chew candy bars to get a special edition Avengers comic. I threw the candy away, because Charleston Chew candy bars taste like crap, but I got my “free” comic out of it.

Anyway, here’s the plot. The Avengers (Captain America, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Black Widow, Spider-Man, and Giant Man) are on a mission to stop the Mole Man and his minions. Somewhere along the way, it’s learned that Spider-Man knows nothing about personal finance or the banking system. So, in the midst of battle, the other Avengers take the opportunity to educate him.

Seriously, this is what goes down.

Now, I grew up in the Reagan era, when comic books that encouraged us to “Just Say No” were commonplace. And the idea of a comic book as an educational tool was taken somewhat seriously, as long as it was targeted at nine-year-olds. This is just… weird. And funny. And weird.

But it’s not a terribly bad idea. At least they’re doing it right. Sort of. The digital comic is available in nine languages, and teacher’s guides and worksheets are available on the website. It’s a shame there isn’t a way to get ahold of print copies, because that’s really the only way to put this comic in the hands of a classroom full of students without buying each kid a Kindle Fire.

And if nothing else, it’s something that we’ll remember forever as being wonderfully odd and unintentionally amusing. Trust me, it’s worth a read!

– dEV

UPDATE: Well, I was wrong! Apparently, there is a print version of the comic that you can order for free! Thanks to my buddy Steve for pointing it out! Here’s the link:

https://practicalmoneyskills.com/resources/free_materials/

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