The LA Times: Ben 10 is the Jeremy Lin of Superheroes
This is a few months old, but I’ve only come across it now: The LA Times ran an article comparing Ben 10 to Jeremy Lin (it happened during that time when Jeremy Lin was all over the news). The LA Times’ article is a fairly hefty read, going so far as to outline the history of everyone’s favorite alien shape-shifting superhero, but its comparison of the Ben 10 Franchise’s massive success to Jeremy Lin is odd, especially since the article body makes no further mention of the NBA player. My guess is that it was done to get cheap page views and search engine hits, which is something you wouldn’t expect from an established newspaper company. They don’t need it.
That being said, cheap search engine tactics or not, the article is a great read as it retells the history of the Ben 10 franchise in great detail, and has a few choice quotes from industry experts and CN execs, including one from CN VP of Action Adventure, Tram Wigzell, regarding their decision to let Ben Tennyson age:
“Batman is perpetually 42,” Wigzell says. “Bart Simpson has been 10 for 20-something years. We just thought it would be really cool to age the character up.” Now Ben can drive (a souped-up Dodge Challenger), hang out late, even date. “With a 10-year-old, you can’t introduce any kind of romance or girlfriend,” says Solomon. “That’s just not going to fly.”
You can read the rest of the article here.
‘Vice President of Action Adventure‘ has to be the coolest job title ever. Imagine being the one who presides over all matters related to Action AND Adventure?
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