Disney Will Buy|Marvel Comics

     LOS ANGELES (CN) – Walt Disney Co. announced today that it would buy Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, giving Disney ownership of a huge stable of comic book characters, including Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, the X-Men, the Silver Surfer and others.

     The stock-and-cash deal is valued at about $50 per Marvel share – $30 a share plus just under 0.75 Disney shares for each Marvel share – a 29 percent premium on Marvel stock.

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