Ringo Starr to Become Superhero

Ringo Starr to become superhero (BBC)

Photo: Ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr will become a superhero in a new cartoon series by Spider-Man creator Stan Lee Ex-Beatles drummer Ringo Starr will become a superhero in a new cartoon series by Spider-Man creator Stan Lee. Starr will voice the “evil-battling, earth-saving” hero with “a great sense of rhythm” in an animated TV and DVD series planned for 2006. “Ringo is beloved
worldwide for his commitment to people and his singular wit,” Stan Lee said. “Our Ringo superhero character will combine these qualities, along with Ringo’s secret powers.”

Photo: Stan Lee created Spider-Man, The X-Men and The Hulk

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Following global success with The Beatles, Starr released a series of solo albums which spawned four Top 10 UK hits in the early 1970s including It Don’t Come Easy and Back Off Boogaloo.

In the 1980s Starr narrated ITV’s animated children’s series Thomas the Tank Engine.

The irony, of course, is that to anyone under 45, Starr is probably more famous for Thomas than for the Beatles–let alone his solo career.

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  1. Tig says:

    Stan, it seems, is looking a bit old, these days.




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  2. Roger says:

    “to anyone under 45, Starr is probably more famous for Thomas than for the Beatles–let alone his solo career.”

    One month ago today I turned 40. Somehow, I feel young by this statement except that I’ve never watched Thomas The Tank Engine. Now I feel depressed because the only program I’ve watched with my nieces and nephews have been Barney and Blue’s Clues.




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  3. McGehee says:

    Well, he was already a cartoon character during the Beatles era — even though neither incarnation (TV show, “Yellow Submarine”) was actually voiced by him or any other Beatle…




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  4. >Well, he was already a cartoon character during
    >the Beatles era—even though neither incarnation
    >(TV show, “Yellow Submarine”) was actually
    >voiced by him or any other Beatle…

    He also appeared in cartoon form in an episode of The Simpson’s.




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  5. McGehee says:

    He also appeared in cartoon form in an episode of The Simpson’s.

    Well, who hasn’t? 😉




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  6. Brian J. says:

    Actually, between 45 and 30, perhaps he’s best remembered as Atouk.




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  7. Attila Girl says:

    There’s a great story about the Thomas the Tank Engine days. At one point, a twentyish PA asked him about his background, what else he’d done.

    “Well,” he replied, “I used to be in a band. I wonder if you’ve heard of it . . . ”

    That must have been one of the more delicious moments of his life.




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