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STAN 'THE MAN' LEE AND KEVIN SMITH TEAM UP ON DVD FOR THE HERO INITIATIVE

One's the biggest name in comic book history, the other's the hottest moviemaker in the world under 40 – together they're dynamite in Marvel Then & Now: An Evening With Stan Lee and Kevin Smith, available on DVD from the Tampa Bay studios of Maverick Interactive.

Then and Now lists for $24.95, and proceeds benefit The Hero Initiative, a charitable foundation benefiting struggling comic industry veterans.

Filmed in front of a packed house at UCLA, Then & Now is two-and-a-half hours of Marvel tales and nuggets from the man who created Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk and legions of other legendary superheroes and nefarious villains. Lee is joined by Joe Quesada, the current editor-in-chief at Marvel Comics. Smith, director of fan favorites and box office hits like Clerks, Clerks II, Dogma, and Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, ties the evening together as host and taskmaster.

In addition to the main feature, Then & Now sports a host of bonus material, from VIP room interviews to a behind-the-scenes reel with special guests Jeph Loeb, co-executive producer of the hit NBC series Heroes, and comic creator Brian Pulido. There's even an edited version of the soundtrack in case little ears are in the room.

For more information, to see a trailer, or to order, go to www.thenandnowdvd.org.