Meet Marvel's New Superheroes — Nurses!

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Marvel honored nurses with a special comic book (Credit: Marvel.com)

Over the years, Marvel has enthralled fans with heart-stopping tales of superheroes saving the world from devastation. However, the graphic novel unveiled on December 3, 2020, is the most exciting one yet. Entitled, The Vitals: True Nurse Stories, it depicts factual accounts from the world's real-life superheroes — nurses who risk their lives daily to save strangers from the deadly COVID-19 pandemic.

The brilliant idea of creating a comic book to honor the brave and selfless hospital workers was first suggested at an Allegheny Health Network (AHN) and Highmark Health (HH) marketing meeting a few months ago. To help them realize the vision, AHN senior marketing strategist Lisa Huckestein approached Marvel. To her delight, the entertainment company loved the idea and asked the hospital to present them with some COVID-19-related experiences from the nurses.

The comic book's three stories, selected by Marvel writer Sean Ryan, are based on eight nurses' experiences at AHN’s 13 hospital facilities in Western Pennsylvania. One depicts the extent the hospital staff goes through to save a patient who is struggling to breathe. The second is about nurses assisting isolated COVID-19 patients to stay connected with their loved ones through technology, while the last one shows the pandemic's impact on nurses' personal lives.

The comic book features stories from COVID-19 pandemic nurses (Credit: Marvel.com)

“At Marvel, we tell stories about heroes every day. But this story is special. It tells a story about our everyday heroes—the nurses and healthcare professionals working tirelessly and courageously to save lives,” said Dan Buckley, president of Marvel Entertainment. “Along with AHN, we are honored to help tell these stories, which we dedicate to the real heroes who are saving the world.”

The heartwarming comic book, which was distributed to all AHN nurses, along with boxes of candy, on Thursday, December 3, 2020, is also available online at Marvel.com. The entertainment company also released a tear-jerking video that shows the reactions of the featured nurses' families reading the comic book for the first time.

“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, we have been in awe of the courage and resourcefulness of our nurses, who put their own health at risk to care for these vulnerable patients,” said AHN chief nurse executive Claire Zangerle in a statement. “We are so proud of them, and we want to make sure they know how much we appreciate their exceptional work. We hope that in seeing themselves as real Marvel Comics Super Heroes, they can take a moment to look back in pride on their exceptional work and compassion during an exceptionally difficult time for our communities.”

AHN and Marvel hope the comic book will help nurses realize they are superheroes (Credit: Marvel.com)

Marvel and AHN hope that people worldwide will share the comic book with friends and family via social media, and raise awareness of these extraordinary human beings. Be sure to thank the doctors, nurses, and the numerous other real-life superheroes who are working tirelessly to keep your community safe and healthy during these unprecedented times.

Resources: Marvel.com, ahn.org

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286 Comments
  • ccogan2344
    ccogan2344Tuesday, January 19, 2021 at 12:48 pm
    yes, thanks nurses. this is sooooo sweet.
    • imjoe
      imjoeThursday, January 14, 2021 at 9:00 am
      this was so sweet i want this book and minecraft54321 your totally right they need to make a movie nurses are awesome and this almost made me cry
      • wolfomg72738
        wolfomg72738Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 8:57 am
        so cute I'm sorry all of those kiddos out there who has a family member as a nurse THANK YOU SO MUCH NURSES!!
        • nikesports234
          nikesports234Friday, January 15, 2021 at 10:05 am
          fyi there are different types of nurses
        • minecraft54321
          minecraft54321Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 6:00 am
          They Should make a covid-19 movie about nurses saving lifes after covid-19
          • minecraft54321
            minecraft54321Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:55 am
            I like this
            • braideniscool21
              braideniscool21Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:38 am
              You Nurses Are Awesome <3 To All Those Nurses I Really Want To Read That Comic!
              • braideniscool21
                braideniscool21Thursday, January 14, 2021 at 5:36 am
                When That Kid Started Crying Saying "Your A Hero" I Was LITTERALLY GOING TO START CRYING! OMG Thanks To All Those Nurses For Helping With Covid-19 You Help Us Fell Safe And Comfortable Thanks To All Those Nurses For Saving People If It Wasn't For You Covid Would Have Gotten To Us By Now. THANK YOU!
                • gimli
                  gimliWednesday, January 13, 2021 at 2:15 pm
                  i hope i can read it
                  • jesussavesalway
                    jesussavesalwayWednesday, January 13, 2021 at 1:51 pm
                    Special thanks to all the doctors and nurses out there. You helped us feel safe. You stay safe too!
                    • jesussavesalway
                      jesussavesalwayWednesday, January 13, 2021 at 1:50 pm
                      That. Is. BRILLIANT!!!!