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Stan Lee still the busiest guy in comics

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Stan Lee <i>still</i> the busiest guy in comics

BOOM! Studios confirmed via press release this morning what many people already suspected — the “Stan’s Back” promotion that’s been running on various websites is, indeed, their handiwork. Legendary creator Stan Lee is teaming up with them to create three new superhero titles that’ll be written by Mark Waid and two other unannounced comic writers.

This, of course, is just one of several irons that Lee has in the fire right now. Earlier this week Archie Comics introduced High Rise, one of the characters appearing in Lee’s Super Seven, the project he’s working on with them and A Squared Entertainment. You also might remember that his company POW! Entertainment is expanding its ties with Disney. Not to mention Ultimo and his appearances in movies, video games, conventions … I hope I’m that active when I’m 87.

The press release can be found after the jump.

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POW! Entertainment and BOOM! Studios announced a deal has been struck that will see the production of a series of three superhero titles presented by Stan Lee. These series will premiere from BOOM! Studios later this year.

BOOM!’s Editor-in-Chief Mark Waid, creator of BOOM!’s runaway hit series IRREDEEMABLE and its smash sister book INCORRUPTIBLE, will be writing one of the series. Two other series will follow, featuring A-list writers as a part of the creative team. Further announcements will clarify the teams and the timing for the roll-out.

This past December, POW! announced that Walt Disney Studios had entered into a first-look deal with POW! and currently has a number of projects in development where it is working closely with the world-renowned Lee.

The revelation of Stan Lee’s presenting a series of three superhero titles at BOOM! follows on the heels of a viral marketing campaign announcing “Stan’s Back” that hit the internet early last week. Across major comic book news sites and blogs last week, ads appeared teasing “Stan’s Back.” The L.A. Times’ Hero Complex & L.A. Times’ Brand-X also got in on the action, running the “Stan’s Back” campaign in print and on their respective website. All the banner ads linked back to www.stansback.com, a site which had only the “Stan’s Back” logo and nothing else disclosing additional information.

For one week, the internet was in a frenzy with comic fans everywhere trying to figure out what could the “Stan’s Back” teaser campaign mean. Today it has finally been revealed – Stan Lee is back, presenting a comic book series for the Direct Market comic specialty market that Lee was instrumental in fostering.

POW! Entertainment and BOOM! Studios had no further details at this time. More forthcoming.

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