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Comic legend Stan Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man and many more comic book favorites, has finally made one of his greatest—yet most obscure—works available to a wide audience.

Stan has recorded his epic poem “God Woke,” and made it available as an iTunes download to benefit The Hero Initiative, the non-profit organization that aids comic creators in medical and financial need. The poem is available now on the iTunes store at the bargain price of 99¢.

God Woke has been performed live on stage only once, by Stan himself at Carnegie Hall in 1972. It is now accessible for the first time EVER as an audio download via iTunes, and also available on Google Play and Amazon.

“Sometimes you get a thought in your mind and it won’t let go” said Stan Lee. “I’ve had some notions about man’s relationship with God that kept spinning around my brain ’til I had to put them down on paper. That’s the reason for God Woke. Or, you might think of it as therapy for Stan.”

God Woke clocks in at a moving and massive 11 minutes. It’s available in two versions: Stan reciting the poem alone, or with Richard Wagner’s Rienzi Overture—one of Stan's favorite classical pieces—as background music! Both are available at 99¢, with proceeds benefiting Hero Initiative.

“Stan mentioned God Woke to me one day, and I was amazed I had never heard if it,” said Hero Initiative President Jim McLauchlin. “Stan grabbed a copy off his shelf. I read it, and immediately fell in love with it. We’ve been looking for a way to bring this to a large audience for a while now, and the recording in Stan’s own voice is the best possible vehicle to do just that. We hope that people will take advantage of the bargain price point, and fall in love with it themselves, all the while helping Hero Initiative.

The God Woke audio download is distributed by Arch Enemy Entertainment in conjunction with Empire Distribution. Media City Sound provided recording services. All organizations have donated their services free of charge.

POW! Entertainment, Inc. (OTCQB: POWN), a multi-media entertainment company, was founded by noted comic book writer Stan Lee, together with award-winning producer Gill Champion and the late intellectual property specialist Arthur Lieberman. POW!’s principals have extensive backgrounds in the creation and production of original intellectual properties, including some of the most successful entertainment franchises of all time. POW! is utilizing Stan Lee’s historical background by perpetuating his legacy while creating and developing all new live-action films, television, digital games, merchandising, licensing and related ancillary markets, all of which contribute to global expansion. POW! partners with third parties and strategic alliances, including studios and networks, in the production and distribution of new POW! character franchises.