POW! Entertainment and Stan Lee, the legendary creator of superheroes, has created a new superhero who, unlike all the others, is actually based on a living, breathing human being, performing his fantastic deeds in the real world. Its based on Jay J. Armes, possibly the world's most successful and colorful crimefighter, who possesses steel-clawed prosthetic hands and a lie-detecting tiger.
"When I first met Jay I was bowled over, said Lee, creator of such enduring comicbook heroes as Spider-Man, The Hulk and X-Men. I couldn't believe that a real live person could have the incredible powers that he possesses. He even resembles my own fictional comicbook heroes in the respect that most of them gained their super power through some sort of accident. Spider-Man had been bitten by a genetically altered spider. The Hulk was the product of a gamma ray experiment gone wrong and Daredevil was blinded by radioactive chemical. As for Jay J. Armes, he lost both his hands in a childhood accident at age 12."
POW!'s president, Gill Champion, added, "This can truly be a tent pole franchise with the right studio partner. Amazingly, Jay can now do more with the fantastic steel claws that have replaced his hands than people with their own hands can do. He can reach into fire, smash through doors, fire bullets with unerring accuracy, cut through metal, fly utilizing a jet pack, scuba dive, pilot a jet -- and he is master of the deadliest karate chop. No wonder Jay J. Armes is the most famous, most sought after investigator in the world."
Armes two powerful claws, which have the power to slice through steel, are also delicate enough to thread a needle or perform surgery. He also has five-fingered prosthetics, giving him the appearance or a man with two normal hands.
Add to his abilities a colorful lifestyle in El Paso, Texas, where Armes lives with nine full grown tigers, a chimpanzee and his beautiful, devoted wife and loving family. He uses his 750-pound tiger Gemini as a lie detector in difficult cases as he drives the huge feline around in his specially equipped Hummer. Due to the intensely dangerous nature of his work, there have been 14 assassination attempts on Arme's life.
The franchise will be based on Armes' actual, seemingly impossible cases that the FBI and CIA had given up as lost causes. Armes says his success is due to the fact that, "I never give up." A first draft treatment has been written by Scott Lobdell, acclaimed writer of the UNCANNY X-MEN and the creator of GENERATION X. The project was brought to POW! by Faye Schwab and Steven Bratter, Arme's producing partners.
POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Ent. Inc. (www.powentertainment.com
) was founded by comicbook icon Lee, together with Champion and Arthur Lieberman. POW's principals, combined, have over a hundred years experience creating, producing and licensing original intellectual properties. POW! specializes in franchises for the entertainment industry, including animation and live-action feature films, plus television, DVDs, videogames, merchandising and related ancillary markets. POW! partners with studios and networks in creating new and exciting characters that will perpetuate the brands of both POW! and Stan Lee. POW! also creates "custom-tailored" properties for a specific star or director.