Aug 11, 2017

Scottish comic book king achieves superhero status with Netflix deal

Mild-mannered university dropout from deprived Scottish town conquers America - add the ability to fly and some theatrical violence and it would make one of the superhero stories that are comic book writer Mark Millar's stock-in-trade. The teacher says that even when Mr Millar borrowed a story from classic British comic 2000AD for a piece of homework writing, he did so with "His own take on it". John McShane, a Glasgow comic book editor and historian who published one of Mr Millar's early works, says he is able to find a fresh angle on an established superhero. Mr Millar says seeing his work turned into a movie remains a huge thrill. Netflix will now be hoping that Mr Millar's winning streak can continue, particularly after Walt Disney, which owns Marvel Entertainment, announced it would stop providing content to the streaming company and launch its own services instead. Millarworld must also hope that the audience's appetite for superhero exploits remains undimmed.

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