Spider-Man is returning to the library!
New York Public Library (NYPL) has partnered with Marvel Entertainment on a brand-new library card design to encourage new and existing patrons to explore all that the library has to offer, featuring classic images from Spider-Man's first appearance in Amazing Fantasy #15 in 1962.
“Following the New York Comic-Con, in honor of his 60th anniversary, Spider-Man will be dropping by the New York Public Library on October 11 with a batch of limited-edition Marvel Comics-inspired library cards. Featuring images of the web-slinging hero himself, as well as Miles Morales and Gwen Stacy, the cards also mark a very special one-year anniversary of the NYPL making the historical decision to eliminate library fines. The move was intended as a way to remove barriers to the public's access to the Library and was memorialized as a special plot point in Marvel Comics' Amazing Spider-Man #900. Written by Daniel Kibblesmith and illustrated and colored by David Lopez and Nathan Fairbairn, respectively, the comic shows Peter Parker returning a big stack of overdue books to the NYPL after learning about the late-fee elimination.”
Marvel Vice President of Licensed Publishing Sven Larsen said, "With so many of our most iconic moments and characters established in New York City, we’re thrilled to work with The New York Public Library to invite even more people to dive into Marvel and find their own favorites across Spider-Man’s legacy."
All of us here at I Love Libraries are massive Spider-Man (and comic book) fans, so we’re absolutely loving this news. Supplies are limited, so get yourself to a NYPL location on October 11 to get one of these super cards. The cards will be available across all the NYPL branches, located in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island. Each library will be hosting a variety of related programs and events, as well as offering reading recommendations curated by staffers throughout the week.
If you’re looking to discover a new comic book adventure, your local library is here to save the day. Many libraries carry a wide array of comics, graphic novels, and manga for readers of all ages. Learn more about comic book and graphic novel programming and offerings at your library!
Photo courtesy of New York Public Library.