Marvel's Blockbuster: Fool by Numbers

Yesterday, Motley Fool Stock Advisor pick Marvel Entertainment (NYSE: MVL  ) released earnings for the third quarter ended Sept. 30, 2007.

  • Third-quarter licensing revenue ballooned to $66 million from $28.3 million the year before, thanks mostly to the success of Spider-Man 3, which Sony (NYSE: SNE  ) released in May.
  • Similar licensing deals are in the works. Lions Gate (NYSE: LGF  ) plans a sequel to 2004's The Punisher for next year, and News Corp.'s (NYSE: NWS  ) 20th Century Fox has slated X-Men Origins: Wolverine for May of 2009.
  • Licensing also improved margins by reducing inventory and production costs for toys. Marvel shed its toy business in 2006 in favor of a deal with Hasbro (NYSE: HAS  ) .

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Tim Beyers first began writing for the Fool in 2003. Today, he's an analyst for Motley Fool Rule Breakers and Motley Fool Supernova. At, he covers disruptive ideas in technology and entertainment, though you'll most often find him writing and talking about the business of comics. Find him online at or send email to For more insights, follow Tim on Google+ and Twitter.

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