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Comic book genius Stan Lee, Spider-Man creator, dies at 95

by Associated Press Nov 12, 2018
As the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, Lee was widely considered the architect of the contemporary comic book.
Comic book writer Stan Lee attends a talk show during the Tokyo Comic Con in Chiba, a suburb of Tokyo, on Dec. 2, 2016.
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For "Black Panther," what happens when culture meets commodity?

by Peter Balonon-Rosen and Kimberly Adams Mar 2, 2018
We sit down with comic writer and journalist Evan Narcisse and Black Girl Nerds's Jamie Broadnax.
An exhibitor organizes 'Black Panther' items at the Hasbro showroom during the annual New York Toy Fair, on February 20, 2018, in New York. Toys and accessories linked to the movie, which is also making waves for its strong black female leading roles, have the potential to become an enduring presence in stores, like Spider-Man and other iconic figures, company executives say.

DC and Marvel duke it out in "Slugfest"

by Kai Ryssdal Oct 2, 2017
It's a bird! It's a plane! It's a multibillion-dollar industry getting even bigger!
Like the Incredible Hulk (Marvel) and Superman (DC), the comic book publishers have very different personalities. DC is more "buttoned down" and Marvel is "free flowing."
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The Avengers' best superpower might be merchandising

by Marketplace Contributor May 4, 2015
...and it's more than toys: Got room in your house for an "Avengers" waffle iron?

The comic book battles behind the big screen

by Sally Herships Mar 20, 2015
Licensing and keeping these colorful characters is a complicated plot of its own.

We're in the middle of a superhero movie 'arms race'

by Tony Wagner Nov 5, 2014
Nearly 30 superhero movies could land in theaters in the next six years.

Where does Marvel go from here? Anywhere it wants

by Tony Wagner Aug 12, 2014
"Guardians of the Galaxy" is a game changer for Marvel Studios.

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Amazon takes on Captain America

by Dan Weissmann Aug 11, 2014
Meanwhile, its war with book publisher Hachette intensifies.

What it's like to write 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

by David Gura Jul 31, 2014
Nicole Perlman on writing superheroes, a comic-book research assistant, and explosions in space.

Thor becomes a lady, and other changes at Marvel

by Kai Ryssdal Jul 18, 2014
Will Marvel's big shake-ups to Thor and Captain America draw a new audience?