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Stan Lee launches new online comic venture

Last Updated: Friday, August 6, 2004 | 11:54 AM ET

Stan Lee, the co-creator of such enduring characters as Spider-man and the Hulk, is launching a new online comic venture.

Called Stan Lee's Sunday Comics, the service will be available at the Komikwerks site. For a monthly fee, subscribers will be able to read such titles as Joe Kubert's Yossel: April 13, 1943, Keith Giffen's Trencher, and Berni Wrightson's Captain Sternn.

In a nod to the Sunday newspaper funnies of old, each comic will be updated every Sunday. It's not clear how many of the strips offer original material and how many are online reprints of existing titles.

Stan Lee and Spider-man (AP photo)
Stan Lee and Spider-man (AP photo)

In a nod to his own past, Lee will write a weekly column – called Stan's Soapbox – to run alongside the strips. When Lee was the creative force behind Marvel Comics, decades before the internet became mainstream, this was how he communicated with fans. As a columnist, he was known for his unabashed hucksterism.

He was also known for being one of the great originators of superheroes. Over the years, he has had a hand in creating scores of characters, including the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and Daredevil.

His record on the web, however, has been far spottier. With his first online venture, Stan Lee Media, Lee tried to turn a profit by combining web animation and traditional comic strips. He was unable to make the mixture fly, and the company failed not long after its launch in 2000.

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