LOS ANGELES — MTV is helping to bring Stan Lee's newest superhero to life.
The network is joining forces with Lee's POW Entertainment to create a new digital comic series called "The Seekers."
"It involves superheroes, it involves a very high-concept plot, it's a story such as you never have seen before, and it spans the centuries," Lee said in a telephone interview from New York Comic Con, where he and MTV are set to announce the new series on Saturday.
Lee went on to say that "The Seekers" is "more than just a comic. It's actually the start of a tremendous franchise."
He hopes "The Seekers" will grow into a TV series or film.
First, though, it has to be written and illustrated. MTV will hold a contest to find an undiscovered writer and artist to work on the new comic series. The winners will work with Lee and POW to develop the concept and create multiple issues.
The 87-year-old comics legend says he's excited to work in a digital arena.
"It's thrilling because it's a whole new discipline," he said. "But it's a funny thing: Whether it's electronic, whether it's digital, whether it's on paper, whether it's on a television screen, it's the story that counts. You don't let the fact that there's a different area of exhibition change the fact that you need a great story filled with action and surprises and suspense."
"The Seekers" will be available for free on the new MTV Geek website that launched earlier this week. The site will offer comics, horror, sci-fi and gaming news, as well as coverage of comic-book conventions and previews of new comic books, games and movies.
MTV Geek: http://www.mtv.com/geek/
POW Entertainment: http://www.powentertainment.com/