Hugh Jackman Promotes Free Comic Book Day

Hugh Jackman, The Wolverine - Promotes Free Comic Book Day in a Video Greeting

(BALTIMORE, MD) - (May 2, 2013) - Hugh Jackman, the star of the upcoming blockbuster film, The Wolverine, recorded a video to promote the 12th annual Free Comic Book Day, set for Saturday, May 4th, 2013. Free Comic Book Day is an International event where the entire comic book industry works together to raise awareness of comics and local comic book shops. Almost 2,000 comic shops all over the world will give away over 4.6 million comics published specifically for Free Comic Book Day to new and returning customers just for coming to their shops.

"This is the second time Hugh Jackman has supported Free Comic Book Day with a video and we are so happy to have his involvement," said Leslie Bowser, Free Comic Book Day spokesperson. "With his success portraying the Wolverine in the X-Men and Wolverine films, we feel his involvement gives our event an added awareness boost and his encouragement of people to visit their local comic shop is exactly the kind of message we hope to achieve with Free Comic Book Day."

The Wolverine will be in theaters on July 26th, 2013, in 3D. Directed by James Mangold and based on the celebrated comic book arc, this epic action-adventure takes Wolverine (Hugh Jackman), the most iconic character of the X-Men universe, to modern day Japan. Out of his depth in an unknown world, he will face a host of unexpected and deadly opponents in a life-or-death battle that will leave him forever changed. Vulnerable for the first time and pushed to his physical and emotional limits, he confronts not only lethal samurai steel but also his inner struggle against his own immortality.

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ABOUT FREE COMIC BOOK DAY - Celebrating its twelfth year, Free Comic Book Day is an annual event where participating comic book specialty shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely free to anyone who comes into their shops. The event is held the first Saturday in May and is the perfect opportunity to introduce friends and family to the many worlds of wonder available at local comic book shops. From super-heroes to slice of life to action/adventure and beyond, Free Comic Book Day has a comic book for everyone!