Entertainment acquisition by Disney approved - 5th
YORK Shareholders of Marvel Entertainment Inc.,
home to the X-Men, Iron Man, Spider-Man and other
characters, approved the company's acquisition by
The Walt Disney Co. on Thursday.
in a statement, said shareholders approved the 4.3-billion-dollar
deal announced in August under which the comic book
giant and its stable of action heroes will become
a wholly-owned subsidiary of Disney.
acquisition is Disney's biggest since its purchase
of animation house Pixar three years ago.
Spider-Man, Iron Man and the X-Men, Marvel's cast
of over 5,000 characters includes Captain America,
the Fantastic Four and Thor.
is celebrating its 70th anniversary this year. It
was founded in 1939 as comic book publisher Timely
comics, Marvel characters also feature in movies,
animated features, videogames and toys such as action