STAN LEE Reminds Us Why We Love Him, Discusses The Difference Between SUPERMAN And The SILVER SURFER

STAN LEE Reminds Us Why We Love Him, Discusses The Difference Between SUPERMAN And The SILVER SURFER

In a recent interview with, the Generalissimo fields a number of questions about the Amazing Spider-Man video game, Marvel, and his brigadiers.


Here's an excerpt from a fun interview Stan Lee did with It definitely reminds me of why Stan will forever have a special place in the annals of comic book lore.

TV KIDS: And you're also a playable character in a new video game [Amazing Spider-Man]?

LEE: Oh, yes! I forgot about that. I’m a playable character in Activision’s new Spider-Man video game. I haven’t seen it yet but I can’t wait to play me. [Laughs] We’ve also just launched [a website], And that’s obviously in opposition to the phony Stan Lee—we don’t want anybody to get that.

TV KIDS: Looking at some of the characters you've created, did you ever think that they were going to have the kind of longevity that they’ve had, and that they would be reinvented in feature films and video games and other platforms?

LEE: I’d love to say I knew all the time how great these things were, but I didn’t have the slightest idea! I don’t think any of us did—the artists or the letterers or the colorists. All we were hoping was that the comics would sell and we’d keep our jobs and be able to pay the rent. We never looked much farther than that.

TV KIDS: What was your approach to creating some of characteristics of these classic superheroes?

LEE: Basically, if you’ve read my stories you know I’m very scientific minded. For example, I didn’t just have Spider-Man gain a spider power miraculously, I did it as scientifically as possible—he was bitten by a radioactive spider. It could have happened to anybody. When the Hulk became the Hulk, it just didn’t happen casually—there was a gamma-ray bomb that exploded. If you ask me what a gamma ray is, I would have no idea at all, but it sounds very scientific, I think. The Fantastic Four, they gained their powers from cosmic rays, of which I know as little as I do gamma rays, but they sound impressive. At that point I ran out of rays, so when I had to do the X-Men, I took the cowardly way out, I said, well they’re just born that way, that’s all. They’re mutants. That got me off the hook there.

I can give you a very clear and definite understanding as to why I and the people at POW! and at Marvel are so much more scientific than the competition. Here’s the example: You’ve seen Superman flying on the screen, haven’t you? What is his means of propulsion? What makes him fly? He doesn’t have a jet engine, there’s nothing pushing him, he just sort of assumes a horizontal position, lies on the air and off he goes. When I wanted a character to fly, such as the Silver Surfer, I gave him a flying surfboard—perfectly scientific, perfectly understandable, and not the least bit as frustrating as wondering how Superman does it. So as you can see, science is really something I’m very much into and every factor of our stories is as scientifically accurate as I can make them.

TV KIDS: You attend a lot of fan conventions; is that still fun for you?

LEE: Oh, I love it! I just love it. All my life I’ve done it and people at other companies used to say, “Why do you waste time spending so much time with the fans?” And I used to say, You guys are crazy that you don’t do it. These fans are the ones who are keeping you in business and when you talk to them and they tell you what they like and what they don’t like, it’s the greatest education you can get for the work that you do. To me the fans are the most important. In fact I’ve even formed a brigade, and I, of course, am the beloved generalissimo and all of my fans are brigadiers. I can’t tell you what our plans for world domination are because I’m sworn to secrecy, but it’s become a very big thing!

What a great fucking guy! Still has the wit and charm and is going strong with POW! Entertainment. Be sure to catch Stan Lee this summer in The Amazing Spider-Man and The Avengers.

Stan Lee (born December 28, 1922) is an American comic book writer, editor, actor, producer, publisher, television personality, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.

In collaboration with several artists, most notably Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, and many other fictional characters, introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. In addition, he headed the first major successful challenge to the industry's censorship organization, the Comics Code Authority, and forced it to reform its policies. Lee subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation.

He was inducted into the comic book industry's Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995.

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KalEl1996 - 3/14/2012, 12:45 PM
Stan Lee rules!
Benjamitesandwich - 3/14/2012, 12:46 PM
Hahaha, he's scientific but knows nothing about science :). Gotta love this man.
headlopper - 3/14/2012, 12:46 PM
Yeah, he's brilliant! Science as the basis for super-human power was a stroke of genius. It makes everything much more believable.

Stan-the -man!
Mucklefluga - 3/14/2012, 12:47 PM
He is sososososo Awesome:D
rockerdude22 - 3/14/2012, 12:47 PM
Stan the Man! Haha I love his interviews! They never get old!
Ryguy88 - 3/14/2012, 12:53 PM
I love Stan Lee but how does the Silver Surfer's board fly than? It just sorta assumes a horizontal position and off it goes. Same as Superman. perfectly understandable;)

Ryguy88 - 3/14/2012, 12:54 PM
Gusto, thats microwave radiation, you need gamma ray radiation..its more scientific that way.
PartyHard - 3/14/2012, 12:55 PM
Didn't Jack Kirby created Silver Surfer?
2gold - 3/14/2012, 12:55 PM
Got to love Stan, making it clear he has no idea how anything works and doesn't care as long as it sounds cool. In short, Superman needs a flying train. And seriously, the invisible jet of Wonder Woman. Stan has GOT to love the invisible jet.
headlopper - 3/14/2012, 12:55 PM
"And I used to say, You guys are crazy that you don’t do it. These fans are the ones who are keeping you in business and when you talk to them and they tell you what they like and what they don’t like, it’s the greatest education you can get for the work that you do".- Stan Lee

Thanx Stan - that's why we love ya!!!
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 3/14/2012, 12:56 PM
Well Stan Lee didn't make the idea of giving superheros their powers scientifically. I recall The flash getting his powers in a chemistry lab. The flash was created in 1940
Benjamitesandwich - 3/14/2012, 12:56 PM

Simple: Silver Surfer's board flies because of cosmic power. Perfectly scientific.
THEDARKKNIGHT1939 - 3/14/2012, 12:57 PM
Ryguy88 - 3/14/2012, 1:04 PM
Benjamite, hmm, I never thought of it that way. Makes sense!

Greengo - 3/14/2012, 1:05 PM
Sells a crock of shit with conviction
crazyish - 3/14/2012, 1:06 PM
@RYGUY88 i don't know if you're from Philly or not (i'm assuming because of your flyers avatar that you live in the area) but Stan's attending Wizard World Philadelphia this year...thought i'd let you know. I'm a Philly man myself and i'm trying to get down there to see him because Stans the [frick]in man
Ryguy88 - 3/14/2012, 1:11 PM
Gusto, hang in there.

Crazyish, I'm not from Philly, thanks though.
FanboyTrump - 3/14/2012, 1:13 PM

How dare you call Stan THE MAN Lee a tool, You Bastard!
RocketMadnessBoss - 3/14/2012, 1:13 PM
Oh, I get it. He's retarded.
MisterNiceGuy - 3/14/2012, 1:14 PM
Superman sucks
superotherside - 3/14/2012, 1:19 PM
This guy is just awesome. Can't wait to hear what he thinks about the Avengers.
Rodimus9 - 3/14/2012, 1:20 PM
He's clearly lost his marbles. Talking smack about Superman is like talking smack about Jesus. I get he is Stan "The Man", but Superman was created when he was like 16 years old, and is probably why he got into comics.

LAXtremest - 3/14/2012, 1:25 PM
I think he was joking around. Love this guy.
headlopper - 3/14/2012, 1:29 PM
@teabag- I don't know how you do it, but you do it.

Science and boob gifs & pics. You are truly the boob master!

Ahhh, my heart suddenly feels stronger for some reason...
Rodimus9 - 3/14/2012, 1:30 PM
Plus, didn't Superman just jump really far in the beginning? I could've sworn I heard that.
ralfinader - 3/14/2012, 1:32 PM
Questioning the visual of Supes flying in a movie is hardly talking 'smack', and was a lead in to his not so subtle joke about Silver Surfer's 'scientific' flight.

And this is Stan the Man, he would likely be the first to tell you he never had any marbles to begin with.
headlopper - 3/14/2012, 1:48 PM
@teabag- That's hilarious!
One good thing tho: her boobs get BIGGER when she's pregnant-!, and SHE becomes the protein source.
Hey , Check out my new editorial...your opinion is always valued!
darthbobtarkas - 3/14/2012, 1:57 PM
I wish this guy would credit Jack Kirby. He's lived off that guy's creations enough.
headlopper - 3/14/2012, 2:07 PM
@teabag-..."that's why I spank my daughter". LOL!
Very clever! Classic tea baby.
JakeMurdock89 - 3/14/2012, 2:14 PM
Love stan the man but silver surfer was all kirby, he should have used thor as an example with miolnir giving him flight
headlopper - 3/14/2012, 2:15 PM
@teabag- Check the link.

You lucky bastard...
pepe - 3/14/2012, 2:17 PM
My God man, She`ll swallow that poor horse...
headlopper - 3/14/2012, 2:41 PM
You got a spare room?
Sh**, screw the Beatles and tea, this here's the UK's greatest export.

You know , I like that fact that Brits aren't uptight about boobs. Here in the U.S., unfortunately it's not the same.;(
jaysin420 - 3/14/2012, 3:44 PM
Damn that's a cool interview.
mstaley3000 - 3/14/2012, 3:50 PM
It's funny, he says, "I didn’t just have Spider-Man gain a spider power miraculously" which is just what Jack Kirby wanted to have happen which must be why Stan took Spider-Man away from Jack and gave him to Ditko. Kirby wanted Spider-Man to be a kid with a magic ring (an idea he took from Joe Simon). Later that idea became, The Fly.
SpiderFan35 - 3/14/2012, 4:31 PM
Oh Lord Superman fans, it's okay, Superman is really scientific too lol. I don't think Stan meant to hurt your feelings (I did not realise that he is 90, wow.)

Let's keep in mind that when all of these characters were created the average joe did not know much about "science" so stuff like kryptonite and radioactivity were cool as shit.

Now they have to make up a bunch of complicated scientific explanations for all of these powers to keep us geeks happy.

@Tea: I am going to have to get my doctor to write a prescription for more boobs to show the wife.

Minghagz - 3/14/2012, 4:39 PM
I see nips! you just made my day!

I think the rest of this thread should be just pics of boobs.
DRock59 - 3/14/2012, 5:03 PM
Damn, he's 90 years old and doesn't look a day over 70! lol Hope he lives past 120!
PeterDarker121 - 3/14/2012, 5:54 PM

HERE we go....I shoulda KNOWN if there was an article about the accomplishments of Stan The Man, you'd be laying in wait behind "The King's" headstone, shlong out, ready to soak his grave yet AGAIN with your bladder FULL of Kirby-flavored Haterade...

tsk, tsk, you buy it by the case or by the KEG? lol ;)
Bartman87 - 3/14/2012, 6:11 PM
No matter what some of you may think Stan helped create and also market practically every one of Marvel's creations so without him some of the comics wouldn't be the way we have them.
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