East meets west when legendary comics creator Stan Lee teams up with Hiroyuki Takei,one of Japan's top manga creators, to create Ultimo.
Stan Lee is known to millions as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel Comics to its prominent position in the comic book industry. Stan has written more than a dozen bestselling books for Simon & Schuster, Harper Collins and other major publishers. Presently he resides in Los Angeles, where he chairs Marvel Films and has served as co-executive producer for Marvel's many motion picture, television and animation projects. Unconventional author/artist Hiroyuki Takei began his career by winning the coveted Hop Step Award (a monthly award given by WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP for amateur artists) and the Osamu Tezuka Award (named after the famous artist of the same name). After working as an assistant to famed artist Nobuhiro Watsuki, Takei debuted in WEEKLY SHONEN JUMP in 1997 with BUTSU ZONE, an action series based on Buddhist mythology. His multicultural adventure Manga, SHAMAN KING, which debuted in 1998, became a hit and was adapted into an anime TV series. Takei lists Osamu Tezuka, American comics, and robot anime among his many influences.