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We Buy A Superhero 1: Origins

We Buy A Superhero 1: Origins

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Planet Money tries to buy a superhero.

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Comic book publishers like Marvel and DC sit on a treasure trove: thousands and thousands of comic book characters. Pieces of intellectual property. You know the big ones--Superman, Ironman, Captain America. They each make millions off of movies and merchandise. But for every marquee character, there are hundreds of others sitting unused.

We can't abide by that. Superheroes are meant to save the day, not be stowed away. So we thought: why not convince Marvel to sell us one?

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Music: "Larger Than Life," "Nemesis," and "Heroes Legacy."

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