For the first time in decades, the acclaimed “JLA/Avengers” crossover will be reprinted by Hero Initiative, the charity dedicated to helping comic book creators in medical or financial need.
According to The Hero Initiative, the organization is the first-ever federally chartered not-for-profit corporation dedicated strictly to helping comic book creators in need. Hero creates a financial safety net for yesterday’s creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work.
George Pérez, the legendary artist behind some of the biggest events in comic history, including this crossover, announced that he’s been battling stage 3 pancreatic cancer this past December.
With only 7000 copies being printed, Hero Initiative is honoring one of George Pérez’s seminal bodies of work and his long-time support of Hero.
“JLA/Avengers” will be available in March from participating comic book stores and will be distributed via Diamond Comic Distributors. This 288-page full color, softbound volume features the original 2003 four-issue co-publishing venture between DC and Marvel, written by Kurt Busiek with art by George Pérez. The book carries a retail price of $29.99 and is limited to 7000 copies.
This collection also features 64 pages of companion content and will reprint introductions by original “Avengers” writer/editor Stan Lee and “Justice League of America” editor Julius Schwartz. A bonus in the Hero Initiative edition is a new afterword by Kurt Busiek.
George Pérez is a founding member of Hero Initiative’s board of directors and has served as chair of its Disbursement Committee.
Since its inception, The Hero Initiative has had the good fortune to grant over $1 million to the comic book veterans who have paved the way for those in the industry today.