Stan Lee and POW! Entertainment are ready to announce a new online comic book called Stan Lee's Work Force, which stars the legend himself as he leads a superhero staff constantly encountering more than your typical nine-to-five office stresses.
The announcement of the new project comes a week after Lee dropped a lawsuit against POW! alleging they took advantage of him to get the icon to hand over the rights to his likeness. But the two parties have mended fences and are moving forward full steam ahead.
As such, Stan Lee's Work Force is a go. The new online comic will be debuting tomorrow, Tuesday, July 17, with new chapters dropping biweekly. The story revolves around superheroes managed by Lee, working in a typical office setting, dealing with atypical problems ranging from a sentient copy machine to monster attacks.
Here's an exclusive look at the first cover:
“Work Force is comedic in nature, and in typical Stan style, the characters are humanized and relatable to those in the working world," stated Shane Duffy, CEO, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment. "This project provides an opportunity to create an original and ongoing story for multiple platforms in different languages appealing across all cultural markets. Following the release in the U.S. and China markets, we look to expand to additional territories. Work Force allows us to depict Stan and the individual characters in a light and fun way, all while growing the brand’s universal appeal.”
The stories were specifically created for a global market with Lee working with talented artists from the U.S., China, and Japan, including Japanese artist Ryusuke Hamamoto -- known for the parody series Petit Eva: Evangelion@School (shown working with Lee in the photo below).
Lee also got a first look at the comic's trailer, which you can see in the exclusive video below:
New chapters of the episodic story will be released online at therealstanlee.com Tuesdays and Thursdays, with translated versions hitting China later this summer.
The first chapter of Stan Lee's Work Force is available beginning Tuesday, July 17.