*Ne-Yo is teaming up with Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee to create a storybook version of his forthcoming album “Libra Scale.”
His character, named Jerome, is given superpowers and told he cannot fall in love – until he meets the villain Diamond Eyes. Jerome’s story will also be played out in the crooner’s music videos.
“I’ve been a fan for years. I’m trying not to geek-out being with Stan,” he said. “It’s cool I can take this comic element of myself and blend it to the music element. I got to draw characters myself.”
Stan – who created the characters Spider-Man, Iron Man and The Hulk – believes the music industry can benefit by embracing comic book culture.
Speaking at the New York comic book convention last weekend, he said: “Basically a really good rapper or really good music is super because people love it – and it inspires a man, it makes him feel great
“Reading a really good comic book with super characters does the same thing. And I promised Ne-Yo that I’m gonna make him feel at home and make sure that he feels comfortable with what we’re doing, because he’s a very shy guy!
“But seriously nothing appeals to young people or even older people as much as a good story and good music, so we’re gonna put them both together.”
“Libra Scale” goes on sale on Nov. 1.