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Netflix (NFLX) Buys Comic Book Publisher Millarworld

In its first ever acquisition, Netflix NFLX has agreed to buy comic book publisher Millarworld for an undisclosed amount. Netflix said it plans to bring Millarworld's portfolio to life through films and shows in Netflix-exclusive projects.

Launched in 2004, Millarworld was started by Mark Millar. It has published characters and storylines such as "Kick-Ass" and "Kingsman" that have already been adapted into films and have grossed about $1 billion in the global box office.

Millar also previously worked for Marvel Comics, where he wrote the storylines that would eventually form the basis of the popular movies The Avengers, Captain America: Civil War and Logan .

"Mark has created a next-generation comics universe, full of indelible characters living in situations people are the world can identify with," said Netflix chief...