Stan Lee developing 'Zodiac' illustrated novel for Disney

Disney Publishing Worldwide has acquired Zodiac, an illustrated novel by Stan Lee, Stuart Moore and Andie Tong.

Based on the Chinese zodiac, the book follows a Chinese-American teenager who's drawn into a global conspiracy after he and other youth around the world are suddenly bestowed with magical powers.

Lee already has a relationship with Disney, dating back at least to a 2007 first-look deal with the legendary creator's POW! Entertainment. In 2009, just as Disney completed its purchased of Marvel, the entertainment giant expanded that agreement and acquired a 10 percent equity stake in POW.

“I’m thrilled to be working with Disney Publishing Worldwide, with whom I always hoped to develop this project," Lee said in a statement. "Our partnership has been enormously fruitful, collaborative and great fun.”

A comics veteran, Moore edits Marvel's prose line and wrote the novelization of Disney's John Carter. Tong's comic resume includes Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Masters of the Universe, The Batman Strikes and Tron: Betrayal, a prequel to Disney's Tron: Legacy.

Zodiac is set for release in January 2015.

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