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The Avengers Fight Financial Trouble

When seeking financial advice, most people would steer clear of the dude walking the street in a unitard with a can of silly string strapped to his wrist, but superheroes can actually help you learn to manage your money better — if you're a kid, that is.

Marvel Comics has teamed up with Visa to release a 16-page comic book that aims to teach children about finance. "A comic book with Spider-Man and the Avengers is the perfect device for making the sometimes dull subject of financial literacy entertaining and educational," explains Jason Alderman, Visa's senior director of global financial education. It's also a win-win for Marvel. Kids get a lesson about budgeting from Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the Hulk, and in a few months they might decide to spend some of that cash on tickets to The Avengers or The Amazing Spider-Man.

The comic is available for free at www.practicalmoneyskills.com/avengers along with a teacher's guide. Unfortunately, the comic doesn't answer the biggest financial question of all: Where do caped crusaders keep their wallets? [Kansas City Star]

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