Founder, Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment(OTCQB:POWN) Stan Lee's famous co-creations include Spider-Man®, The Incredible Hulk®, X-Men®, The Fantastic Four® and Iron Man® among many others. Lee, known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel® Comics to its preeminent position in the comicbook industry, first became publisher of Marvel® Comics in 1972 and is presently the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel® Enterprises, Inc.
In 1977, he introduced Spider-Man® as a syndicated newspaper strip that went on to become the most successful of all syndicated adventure strips, appearing in more than 500 newspapers worldwide, making it the longest running of all Super Hero strips and each year, X-Men® sells more than 13 million copies. Without question, Stan 'the Man' Lee has exerted more influence over the comic book industry than anyone in history and successfully established himself as the creator of the modern day Superhero, creating or co-creating 90 percent of Marvel's® most recognized characters, which have been successfully licensed and marketed since 1965. In Europe alone, Stan Lee's name appears on over 35 million comics annually and more than 2 billion of his comic books have been published in 75 countries and in 25 languages. In 1981 Stan Lee transformed his Spider-Man® and Hulk® creations into Saturday morning and syndicated television cartoons and in 1986, when Marvel ®Comics and Marvel® Productions were acquired by New World Entertainment, Stan had the opportunity to become more deeply involved in the creation and development of filmed projects for both the big and small screen, supervising such diverse animated series as X-Men®, Spider-Man® and The Hulk®. To date, Stan's characters have populated over 24 separate television series, all of which continue in syndication around the world, even movies based on Marvel® characters have all become mega hits at the box office.
During 2001, Stan formed POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment(OTCQB:POWN), with producer Gill Champion and attorney Arthur Lieberman, a company unrelated to Marvel®, which has been active in creating a number of new projects that are now in various stages of development, pre-production, and production. POW! creates franchises for theatrical release, television, DVD’s, video games, merchandising, and related ancillary markets. Today, Stan Lee is still one of the most creative forces in entertainment, still writing, creating and producing…even performing in cameo roles in Marvel’s® biggest block buster hits.
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