In a special collaboration with the New York City Fire Department, Marvel Comics debuted this week a New Avengers comic book especially designed to teach fire safety to children. The 12-page book was unveiled by Fire Commissioner Salvatore J. Cassano at New York City's Midtown Comics. Joined by actors portraying Spider-Man and Captain America, Cassano spoke to the assembled third graders of PS 51 Elias Howe about the importance of fire safety and the lessons they'd learn in the comic, which depicts the FDNY fighting a fire at Avengers Mansion.

Written by Bryan J. L. Glass and illustrated by David Baldeon & Jordi Tarragoma with a cover by Humberto Ramos & Edgar Delgado, the New Avengers fire safety comic sees the Wrecking Crew attack, quite ironically, a safety lecture given by New York officials. While the Avengers battle the baddies, the firemen save the children and Avengers Mansion. Sadly, it is nothing at all like Rescue Me.

At the event at Midtown Comics, Captain America said the issue was a perfect way to learn valuable fire safety tips, while Commissioner Cassano noted, naturally, that "the best way to extinguish a fire is to prevent one."

The special New Avengers issue follows a similar collaboration between Marvel and the city of New York that was designed to make citizens aware of the job placement resources available to them. Called Spider-Man: You're Hired, the comic by Warren Simons, Todd Nauck and Phil Jimenez was created in full cooperation with Mayor Bloomberg.

New Avengers' fire safety issue is available to read for free at Marvel Digital Comics Unlimited. A print version can be obtained at all FDNY Fire Safety Education events, the FDNY Fire Zone at Rockefeller Center, and at Midtown Comics while supplies last.

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