Archie Comics to Launch Comic Books Based on Stan Lee Superheroes. The deal with Genius Brands international will develop and produce comic books and graphic novels based on the post-Marvel IP of the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics. Archie Comics is set to launch comic books and graphic novels based on the post-Marvel IP of Stan Lee, the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics. The comic book publishing agreement follows Genius Brands International striking a joint venture with Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment to acquire never-before-exploited IP from the creator of iconic superhero comic characters like Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther and the Fantastic Four. "Archie Comics are everywhere. You can't go to a supermarket checkout stand and not see them, and soon that will be the same with Stan Lee Universe," Genius Brands CEO and chairman Andy Heyward said in a statement. The first Stan Lee property slated for publication as a comic book in partnership with Archie Comics will be Superhero Kindergarten. "I had the great pleasure of knowing Stan Lee and understanding his genius. Getting the chance to partner with Andy and Genius Brands to introduce an entire universe of Stan Lee ideas to the comic book and graphic novel marketplace is an opportunity we can't pass up," Archie Comics CEO and publisher Jon Goldwater added in his own statement. Genius Brands also announced that Michael E. Uslan, executive producer of the Batman movie series, will advise on exploiting IP in the Stan Lee Universe joint venture to be turned into film and TV projects. Genius Brands and Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment's partnership will exploit more than 100 original Stan Lee creations to create a "Stan Lee Universe." The Stan Lee IP collection will be built from all characters and IP created by Lee outside of Marvel Entertainment, now owned by The Walt Disney Co. Lee created POW! Entertainment in 2001 to manage his creator rights and licenses as it developed film, TV and video game properties. (Hollywood Reporter)

The "Glee" family is looking after Naya Rivera's kin ... the TV series' creators are setting up a college fund for her son. Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk and Ian Brennan announced plans Tuesday to set up a college tuition fund for Naya's 4-year-old son, Josey Hollis Dorsey, as part of a touching tribute to the late "Glee" star. The show's creators said "the three of us are currently in the process of creating a college fund for the beautiful son Naya loved most of all." In their statement to the Hollywood Reporter, the group also remembered Naya, who played cheerleader Santana Lopez, as "warm and caring and fiercely protective of the rest of the cast." The show's creators said Naya was tough, demanding, fun, kind, generous and had "the rare combination of humility and endless confidence in her talent." As we reported, Naya's body was recovered Monday from Lake Piru after the actress went missing last week while swimming and boating with her son. Naya, who shared custody of Josey with her ex-husband, Ryan Dorsey, posted a picture of her kissing her son with the caption "just the two of us" in what turned out to be her final Instagram post. (TMZ)

Matt Damon closes entire Brooklyn Heights block to move into new penthouse. As if things weren't tough enough on the streets of New York -- Matt Damon has brought havoc to Brooklyn Heights by moving into his luxury penthouse. The Oscar winner brought in quite the production -- closing down an entire street on Tuesday -- including an enormous crane, which reached over 14 stories, to lift his furniture and a host of trees onto his tony terrace. Damon, who was stuck in Ireland until late May during the COVID-19 lockdown, bought the 6,000-plus-square-foot penthouse in the Standish, a Beaux Arts building, in 2018. It went for $16.5 million -- making it Brooklyn's most expensive apartment at the time. One local resident said, "We call the building the Standoffish because it is a little bit of Hollywood dumped in the middle of the more low-key Brooklyn Heights. The lobby is all gold and marble, and the units have Austrian white oak flooring and Italian Carrara marble slab countertops. Paul Bettany and Jennifer Connelly live there, and [Damon] has a triplex penthouse on the 11th and 12th floors and the roof. It is the highest building in the neighborhood, so it has unobstructed views of the Manhattan skyline, New York Harbor and the bridges." The resident said of Damon's dramatic arrival, "He closed off the street all day and parked an enormous big red crane right in the middle of the street. There was no sign of Matt, but he had a huge team of contractors and there were shrubs, decking and huge crates filled with stuff going up in the air to the terrace. We were all waiting for the grand piano to be wheeled out." The building, designed by Frank S. Lowe and built in 1903, hit the market in 2016 as converted residential units with the original brick and limestone facade restored. Damon, who has four kids with wife Luciana Barroso, reportedly also has an East Village apartment. His rep didn't get back to us. (PageSix)

DO YOU FEEL LUCKY?! Conor McGregor sure as hell does ... because the gift he got for his 32nd birthday is one of the coolest watches we've EVER SEEN!!! It's called the Astronomia Casino, made by Jacob & Co. -- and it's got a price tag of $620,000!!!! How do we know? Because Drake got one earlier this year -- and it's INCREDIBLE!! The whole thing looks like roulette table -- with a functioning wheel! There's a globe-shaped ceramic ball and a 1-carat Jacob-cut white diamond which constantly rotates so you can see it twinkle! Jacob & Co. also says the watch has this feature -- "When the pusher at eight o'clock is actuated, the wheel spins just like in Vegas or Macau.:" ARE YOU KIDDING? THE ROULETTE TABLE SPINS! Oh, and the strap is ALLIGATOR with an 18k rose gold folding buckle. Conor and his longtime girlfriend, Dee Devlin, are celebrating in the French Riviera. Private villa, beautiful view ... no kids! What a birthday! And, of course, Conor brought along some Proper 12 ... because he's always the salesman! As for his MMA career, Conor insists he's retired ... but judging by the pics in France, he's keeping himself in fighting shape! Happy birthday Conor ... see you on Fight Island?! (TMZ)

Hamptons types are willing to pay nearly $5,000 to work out safely this summer. Celeb trainer Tracy Anderson is opening a COVID-conscious outdoor studio at her Water Mill location on Friday. We hear her most popular class costs $90 for "drop-ins" and $4,860 for guaranteed access through Labor Day. The outdoor installation includes bouncy "Super-G Cardio Floors," mirrors and shading. There are also upgraded cleaning techniques, and guests and staff will have their temperature taken. (Page Six)

Washington legend Darrell Green tells TMZ Sports ... there should be only one route Dan Snyder takes when it comes to renaming his NFL franchise -- and that's to go with the "Red Tails" moniker. "I would say that would be my first and only choice right now," the Hall of Fame cornerback says. Of course, the Red Tails was the nickname given to the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African American pilots who fought in World War II with planes that had red paint on the tails. Green says it would be an amazing move on Snyder's part to call his team that ... this after decades of holding onto the controversial and downright racist "Redskins" nickname. "The Red Tails are some of the greatest heroes of any color in our country," Green says, "and particularly against the extraordinary horrors that the Tuskegee Airmen were up against." Green's backing of the name comes just days after Washington's franchise QB, Dwayne Haskins, also threw his support behind the potential new mascot. Green tells us he hasn't yet been asked by Snyder or anyone in Washington's organization for input ... but he's hopeful they'll reach out to him soon. "I'd love to be part of discussions moving forward," Green says. In the meantime, Darrell is working on a really cool project with other NFL players ... helping raise awareness and money for minorities who have been impacted during the coronavirus pandemic. (TMZ)


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