He created some of our most memorable superheroes, and you might as well call him one sa well—because at 93, Stan Lee is still ruling the pop culture world. Among his many projects: He serves as Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, he’s the Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment, and he’s working on introducing the world to its first Indian and South American superhero. And in between it all, Lee still finds time to squeeze in memorable cameos on Marvel movies and TV shows.
His latest venture, while still firmly rooted in the superhero genre, is a little different. This month, Lee debuts a new series for young readers called The Zodiac Legacy. Co-written with Stuart Moore (Web of Spider-Man, Namoor: The First Mutant), and filled with gorgeously elaborate illustrations from artist Andie Tong (Tron: Betrayal, Starship Troopers), The Zodiac Legacy explores the story of Steven, an eighth-grader from Philadelphia who travels to Hong Kong on a class trip and stumbles onto an ancient secret. Readers are taken on a mythological, engaging ride as Steven struggles with learning how to be a superhero, and what embracing his powers means for his friends and his family.