At 80+, Stan Lee is the iron man of comics; he is all over SDCC this weekend, appearing not just with Boom! Studios but also touting his work for Archie Comics and Viz manga. Boom! Studios kicked things off by announcing that they will be publishing three superhero comics based on characters created by Lee and his company Pow! Entertainment: Soldier Zero, written by Paul Cornell (Doctor Who) with art by Javier Pina (Superman); The Traveler, written by Mark Waid with art by Chad Hardin (Amazing Spider-Man), and Starborn, written by Chris Roberson (iZombie) with art by Khary Randolph (The X-Men). CBR has posted interviews with Cornell, Waid, and Roberson about their work on the three titles.
Full press release after the cut.
POW! Entertainment announced today that it is “deepening its ties” with the Walt Disney Company. POW!, of course, is the entertainment company headed by Stan Lee, co-creator of many of Marvel’s biggest characters. Disney already has a first-look deal with POW! for the various projects the company is creating (which includes Disney’s Time Jumper and a couple of live action features, as listed here), but now Disney will have “enhanced rights to the creative output of POW!” and “exclusive consulting services.” I’m not sure exactly what that means, but I imagine we’ll find out once everyone has the opportunity to dive into this a little deeper after the holiday weekend. Disney is also buying a 10 percent equity stake in POW! for $2.5 million.
The complete press release is available after the jump.
Addendum: Oh yeah, for your press release collection, here’s Disney’s PR on the close of the Marvel deal today.