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Spider-Man Broadway musical in the works

Press Release
Julie Taymor and U2’s Bono and The Edge Collaborate on Musical; Summer Reading Scheduled

NEW YORK, NY April 19, 2007 -- Marvel Studios has confirmed that plans are underway to produce a Broadway musical based on Marvel’s ever popular Super Hero, Spider-Man. Produced by Hello Entertainment/David Garfinkle, Martin McCallum, Marvel Entertainment, and SONY Pictures Entertainment (billing in formation), the musical will be directed by Tony Award-winner Julie Taymor with U2’s Bono and The Edge creating new music and lyrics for the project. A reading is scheduled to take place this summer. No dates for a Broadway opening have been confirmed at this time.

The Spider-Man musical will mark the first time a Marvel character has been the subject of a show on Broadway. In addition to co-producing the show, Hello Entertainment is arranging all financing for the project.

"Marvel continues to look to every entertainment medium to support the enduring popularity of our Super Heroes, and we are thrilled with the talent on board. The all star creative team -- led by Julie Taymor, Bono and The Edge -- is second to none and we are certain this project will delight fans of Spider-Man and new audiences alike," said David Maisel, Chairman, Marvel Studios, whose previous Broadway credits include spearheading the 1999 Tony Award-winning Best Musical Fosse.

Why comics are better than other collectibles

Sometimes I wonder what draws me to collect comic books instead of sports memorabilia, collectible cards, stamps, toys, or movie swag, and I think I've finally figured it out. Aside from the obvious practical advantages (when was the last time you read a continuous and fully illustrated story off of baseball cards?), comic books ARE history. Sports cards, for example, are just memorabilia. Each shows a player who may have done something historical, but owning a picture of something historical isn't the same as owning history itself. These things are merely representations of important events or people. In contrast, comic books are capable of actually being one of these important, historical events. Without Detective Comics #27, there would be no Batman movies, no Batman TV shows, no Batman literature, no toys, cards, or Jack Nicholson Jokers. The same goes for Superman and Action Comics #1. These are the two obvious examples, but the list goes on. Comics are one of the few collectibles that allow you to own the root of a branch on the larger historical tree.

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By Crom!

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