Backstreet Boys, Stan Lee To Launch Super Hero Comic

The Backstreet Boys are teaming up with legendary comic book editor/writer Stan Lee to create a new comic book and Web-based series detailing the music and super-hero adventures of the platinum-selling Orlando boy band.

Lee and the Backstreet Boys' Nick Carter will serve as co-creators of "The Backstreet Project," and a special edition comic book introducing the series will be available for sale at the group's concerts beginning on February 19 in Atlanta, Georgia.

That comic book will establish the heroic premise for the Internet animated series, which will incorporate Flash technology and is due to launch on the Web this summer. A Flash version of the initial comic book will also be made available via Stan Lee Media's site www.stanleemedia.com.

"I'm ecstatic to be involved with Stan Lee," Carter said in an announcement heralding "The Backstreet Project." "A comic book is something I've always

wanted to do and we've finally made it happen."

"The Web-isode series will be derived from 'The Backstreet Project,'" added Lee in a statement. "We will use comic book to introduce the super-hero story to fans, so those fans not yet connected to the internet cam share in the excitement that is created by the animated Web-isodes."

Lee is best known as a seminal figure in the creation of some of Marvel Comics' most endearing characters, including Spider-Man and the Silver Surfer, to name just a few.

As for the Backstreet Boys, the group is scheduled to launch the next leg of its North American tour with a two-night stand on February 11-12 at Bryce Jordan Center in State College, Pennsylvania.