Monday, August 31, 2009

Will Marvel Comics Die?

I just wanted to briefly address the recent news that the Walt Disney Co. is purchasing Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in cash and stock. According to this article from Yahoo, the Marvel shareholders will all receive roughly 3/4 of a Disney share for every 1 share they hold of Marvel's stock. That'll be a pretty good pay off, but what does this mean for the guys and gals at Marvel and especially the comics division? Hopefully the answer will be not much, but I don't know how "hands on" Disney will want to get and if they wanted, they could change quite a bit I suppose. I don't know all of the details, and obviously they haven't worked out everything. I just know that Disney has a different idea of appeal than does Marvel...I guess we'll see what happens!