Lee never met Walt Disney ("one of the regrets of my life") but says he was 12 when he got a copy of one of the first coffee-table books, The Art of Walt Disney. "To me, the Disney studio was the greatest entity in the world," Lee says. POW! Entertainment has development deals with Disney.
Iger dismissed any concerns that Disney would put its wholesome imprint on Marvel's darkly shaded characters. "It's not about putting the Disney name on those characters," he says. "Our general desire is to create high-quality content. That is what this deal shares with the Pixar deal."
Marvel Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada took to Twitter on Monday to reassure fans. "Everyone relax, this is incredible news and all is well at Marvel U," he tweeted. "Everybody take a deep breath, all your favorite comics remain unchanged. If you're familiar with the Disney/Pixar relationship, then you'll understand why this is a new dawn for Marvel and the comics industry."
Lee agreed. "Knowing the people at Disney and Marvel as well as I do, I can't see any issues at all."
Contributing: David Colton, Jefferson Graham, Scott Bowles