He created one of the web’s most buzzed-about guilty pleasures, amassed an empire worth $7 billion, and is the subject of a new movie about his rise to fame and fortune.
So it’s only natural that a comic book biography is the next step in the Pop Culture Evolution of Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.
On Monday, publisher Bluewater Productions announced plans to issue a biographical comic — titled Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook — that will chronicle the life of gangly computer whiz, 26. Earlier this month, Forbes Magazine ranked Zuckerberg as the 35th richest person in the United States with a fortune valued at $6.9 billion.
The announcement comes just days before the Oct. 1 release of a film depiction of the rise of Facebook, The Social Network. Despite the curious time, Jerome Maida, who penned the Zuckerberg comic says the 26-year-old’s life is a compelling story.
“This is a fascinating story” says Maida. “I enjoyed researching it because it’s extremely compelling. Think about it. Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire on the planet and created something that has already had a profound impact on the world. Yet hardly anyone knows much about him. It’s amazing. Mark was offered loads of money at a young age and turned all his suitors down because deep down he knew he had higher goals than to work for someone else,” he adds.
“Bill Gates offered Mark a million dollars while Mark was still in high school to work for him, and Mark turned it down. I mean, how many high school kids will ever be made an offer like that? Very few. And how many would have the confidence to turn it down and pursue their own path? Very few, if any. But that’s what Mark did.”
In addition to its latest subject — Zuckerberg — Bluewater bosses have released controversial comic book biographies about pop sensation Justin Bieber, English soccer star David Beckham, and outre musician Lady Gaga.
Mark Zuckerberg: Creator of Facebook ($6.99) goes on sale wherever comics are sold this December.