Lunella Lafayette. Reed Richards. Peter Parker. Tony Stark. Amadeus Cho. Hank Pym. Some of Marvel Comics’ biggest names are scientists and engineers as well as superpowered heroes. To celebrate, Marvel is having a month of STEM-themed covers to promote science education... and a little bit of the arts too, course.

Revealed by Popular Science today, the covers, running throughout November on select series, are part of a push to promote interest in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) fields. Each cover takes a different Marvel hero and has them putting their backgrounds in each respective field in action—with some entrants more surprising than others.

Cover art by Joyce Chin

The covers will appear on issues of Moon Girl and Devil Dinosaur (covering science), Spider-Man (covering technology), Champions (covering art), and Gwenpool (covering math). A currently unrevealed engineering-focused cover will appear on, unsurprisingly, Invincible Iron Man, now starring teenage MIT genius Riri Williams rather than Tony Stark.

Cover art by Pasqual Ferry
Cover art by Pascal Campion
Cover art by Will Sliney

It’s a fun way to try and inspire younger readers into learning more about STEM (and STEAM) fields—plus, a way to see some of our favorite heroes doing what they do best... aside from punching the crap out of each other, that is.


James is a News Editor at io9. He wants pictures. Pictures of Spider-Man!

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