Stan Lee, a seminal figure in the comic book world, is known for his creation of iconic superheroes including Captain America, Iron Man, Thor, The Hulk, Captain Marvel, Spider-Man, and many more.
Earlier this month, book entertainment company Legible teamed up with Kartoon Studios, holder of the Stan Lee Universe, to breathe new life into previously unseen characters created by the legendary Lee.
The partnership grants Vancouver’s Legible exclusive global rights to develop and publish a selection of new characters and narratives conceived by the comic book icon.
As part of the agreement, Legible is set to create and distribute 12 original comic book series, capitalizing on its unique ability to produce digital, print, and “living book” versions of Kartoon’s intellectual properties. These books incorporate audio, video, and animations, further enhancing the reading experience for fans of the late Lee.
To help make these living comic books as worthy of Lee’s name as possible, Legible wrangled Batman producer Michael Uslan, as well as his son David.
“The Uslans’ legacy of transformational storytelling and strategic acumen aligns seamlessly with Legible’s vision to develop new Stan Lee properties into unique ‘living comics’,” stated Kaleeg Hainsworth, CEO of Legible, citing a half-century-long relationship between Lee and Michael Uslan.
“Our team can’t wait to bring these new worlds, fantastic characters, powerful stories, and visionary themes to Stan Lee’s fans and to a global audience as never before in digital and print,” the chief executive added.
“Above and beyond bringing comics to life, we look forward to championing Legible’s creative technology in conventional eBooks, reaching readers and publishers worldwide,” said Michael.
“Legible’s proprietary technology has the potential to transform the way comic books are read online by embedding animation, music/sound, and video,” believes David.
Legible’s e-bookstore currently streams over two million eBooks.
“We see Legible revitalizing legacy properties and attracting new readers through thoughtful, powerful multimedia comic integrations—scalable and viewable on any device,” David added.
“We know that this is only the beginning for these properties and the brands to which they will give rise,” the CEO stated.
Print versions of the comics will also be available.