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MARVEL PUBLISHES SPECIAL SPIDER-MAN COMIC BOOK TO BENEFIT U.S. COMMITTEE FOR UNICEF

 MARVEL PUBLISHES SPECIAL SPIDER-MAN COMIC BOOK
 TO BENEFIT U.S. COMMITTEE FOR UNICEF
 NEW YORK, Oct. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- Spider-Man, the Marvel Comics super hero known not only for his capabilities as a courageous crime- fighter but also for his commitment to a host of children's causes, is putting his powers to work on behalf of children around the world.
 The altruistic arachnid is appearing in a special edition comic book entitled "Spider-Man: The Trial of Venom," the centerpiece of a fund- raising program mounted by the Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc. Donations generated by the comic book program will benefit the U.S. Committee for UNICEF, the domestic representative of the global organization dedicated to improving the lives of children in 127 developing countries.
 "Marvel is a company that owes much of its success to kids, and we have tried to reciprocate their support in various ways through the years," said Terry Stewart, president, Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc., and a member of the board of directors of the U.S. Committee for UNICEF. "This program is part of an effort to reach beyond our own borders -- even beyond the borders of the more than 75 countries in which we currently do business -- and help children who confront problems of survival on a daily basis. We also hope that this comic book will serve to remind our young audience that everyone can play a role in making this world a healthier and more hopeful place for children everywhere."
 "We're very grateful to Marvel for giving the U.S. Committee for UNICEF this enormous opportunity to raise money for children in developing countries," stated Lawrence E. Bruce Jr., president, U.S. Committee for UNICEF. "Monies raised from this Spider-Man comic book will help bring better health care, education, clean water and sanitation, and emergency assistance to millions of children."
 The special fund-raising edition, a 32-page comic book which includes a full-color, fold-out poster, stars not only Spider-Man but other Marvel favorites including Daredevil. The issue was written by Peter David; pencilled by Jim Craig; inked by Dan and David Day; and edited by Glenn Herdling; all under the watchful eye of Barry Kaplan, Marvel executive vice president/custom publishing.
 "Spider-Man: The Trial of Venom" is available for a limited time only through a direct mail offer requiring submission of a completed coupon and a donation made payable to the U.S. Committee for UNICEF of $5 (or more at the donor's discretion) per copy. Coupons can be found in Marvel comic books with a November cover date (on sale in comic shops now) or obtained free-standing at comic shops (no purchase necessary) while supplies last.
 Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc. is the largest publisher of comic books in North America and a leading marketer of trading cards through its Fleer subsidiary.
 The U.S. Committee for UNICEF is one of 32 national committees around the world that support UNICEF. Established in 1947, the U.S. Committee is funded entirely by voluntary contributions.
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 /CONTACT: Nancy Sharp of U.S. Committee for UNICEF, 212-922-2511, or Pamela Rutt of Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc., 212-576-8535/ CO: Marvel Entertainment Group, Inc. ST: New York IN: HOU SU:


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