That’s right, True Believers, you no longer have to wait for the next Marvel movie walk-on to get your Stan Lee fix. The man that created such beloved comic book characters as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Hulk, has come to the Internet. In partnership with Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, beloved self-promoter, Stan Lee, has created the motion comic series Time Jumper.
The series, which first launched this summer at Comic-Con, is the story of Terry Dixon, a twenty-year-old college student, who is recruited by H.U.N.T. (Heroes United, Noble and True) corporation. With his older brother’s mysterious disappearance and his father’s untimely death, Terry’s the only person able to operate the Articulus, a time travel device––that resembles a circa 90’s era Game Boy, more than anything else––invented by Terry’s father Arthur and keyed to the Dixon family genetic code. This and the dastardly attempts of Charity Vyle, the diabolical leader of the criminal anagram C.U.L.T. (Council of Unstoppable, Lethal Terrorists) who has somehow managed to hack Terry’s DNA and ride his signal through time, to disrupt history thrust Terry into the role of the reluctant hero while, in typical Stan Lee fashion, trying to juggle the tropes of life as an average college student.
In anticipation for the winter DVD release, Lee has announced a contest through Disney-owned web series portal Take180.com challenging fans to imagine and illustrate their own original character, be they hero, villain, or civilian, interacting with Terry on one of his adventures in time. Twenty finalists will have their submission featured on the Season 1 DVD, while the Top Finalist will win a trip for two to L.A. to have lunch with Stan “the Man” Lee, himself.
Time Jumper is written by Omar Ponce with illustrations by Anthony Diecidue and features the voices of Natasha Henstridge as Charity Vyle and Stan Lee, himself, as the head of H.U.N.T., Lee Excelsior. Distributed through iTunes, the series can be viewed on the computer or by downloading the App for the iPhone but either way, if you want to watch more than the first episode, you’ll have to shell out 99 cents to see where the story goes from there. The fifth and final episode is released tomorrow, with a total of ten for the series. (Note: the original version incorrectly reported the number of episodes at 5 instead of 10.)