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January 11, 2013

Stan Lee to debut Kids Universe imprint Feb. 2

Posted in: Comics

Stan Lee (POW entertainment)
Stan Lee. (POW entertainment)

Just two weeks after celebrating his 90th birthday, comics icon Stan Lee shows no signs of slowing down.

For his latest venture in a decades-long career that includes co-creating Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the X-Men, Lee will launch a new family-friendly multimedia imprint, Stan Lee’s Kids Universe, on Feb. 2 at an event in Los Angeles.

Stan Lee's Kids UniverseA joint venture between 1821 Comics and Lee’s company POW Entertainment, the imprint will publish print and digital formats, including graphic novels, picture books, e-books and games tailored to children.

Aiming at a younger audience than the usual fanboy demographic, the imprint “was created to provide children with big imaginations an entirely new universe to explore, with the aim of telling stories that they haven’t read before yet provide educational value as well,” Lee said in a prepared statement.

Lee and 1821, who previously collaborated on the futuristic graphic novel “Romeo and Juliet: The War,” first announced Kids Universe at New York Comic Con in 2011.

The first properties, including the multiplatform book “Monsters vs. Kittens” by Dani Jones, are scheduled to be available by Feb. 4.

The private launch event will feature a book reading by Lee, giveaways of signed books, arts and crafts and more.

— Oliver Gettell

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