Ringo Starr has undertaken a joint venture with Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment to develop a multimedia franchise that will find the former Beatles drummer staring as a superpowered animated version of

Ringo Starr has undertaken a joint venture with Stan Lee's POW! Entertainment to develop a multimedia franchise that will find the former Beatles drummer staring as a superpowered animated version of himself. The Starr-Lee project initially will be launched as a 60- or 90-minute DVD, but POW! and Starr's entertainment company Rocca Bella plan to explore TV, feature films and other avenues.

Starr will voice his own character and contribute original songs and incidental music. "I've been making a CD, so I have lots of ideas," Starr says. Referring to his 1990s touring group, he adds, "[The action] will be set around a band. They'll be their own characters. It'll be a very strange All-Starr Band."

Starr calls Lee "a great creator. [This project] wasn't anything I was looking for. But he had this idea of a musical superhero -- what I like to think of as a reluctant superhero ... I'll zoom in to save the world or a damsel in distress or a small village. Who knows where he'll go?"

Lee -- originator of such comic book icons (and big-screen franchises) as Spider-Man, the Hulk and the Fantastic Four, says of Starr: "He's a great, great guy to work with. He's a real guy, and he's imaginative, and we seem to be on the same wavelength."

The project will remarkably mark his first significant animated appearance by Starr as himself. In ABC's 1965-67 cartoon series "The Beatles," he was voiced by Lance Percival, while Paul Angelis portrayed Ringo in the animated 1968 feature "Yellow Submarine." Starr appeared as himself on a 1991 episode of "The Simpsons."

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