Tuesday, 22 April 2008

Virgin Comics

Stan Lee, the legend and co-creator of some of the world’s best-known superheroes including Spider-Man, X-Men and the Hulk, has been recruited to create a new line of characters for Sir Richard Branson’s upstart Virgin Comics.

The new venture will see the 85-year-old, former president of Marvel Comics, back as both a writer and editor, overseeing a line of new comics that will be launched next year, including a title he is writing himself.

Sir Richard Branson said "Stan Lee is a cultural icon and we welcome him to his new home, Virgin Comics, for this bold new chapter in his great legacy,"

Mr Lee ended his exclusive relationship with Marvel in the 1990s but still has ties to the company, including cameo roles in films Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk. He trained some of the industry's most influential figures in the industry under a system called the ‘Marvel Method’. While not commonly used in the industry today, Mr Lee's process enables the writer and artist to sculpt the story together from the ground up in iterative stages, rather than writers just delivering a full script to an artist.

Virgin Comics launch in November 2005 saw Virgin Group enter a partnership with Gotham Entertainment Group, South Asia's leading comic publisher; Shekhar Kapur, the filmmaker, and Deepak Chopra, the author, to launch two companies, Virgin Animation in Bangalore and Virgin Comics in New York. (source: Timesonline) - Virgin Comics

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