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Excelsior! Stan Lee’s reddit AMA

Mr. Marvel: Stan Lee

Yesterday, on community site, Stan Lee did a free-for-all question and answer time. The link to the thread is here: IAM The Real Stan Lee, but we’re also going to post the questions and answers below. Enjoy!


Q: Hi Stan! I was wondering as to what type of music you enjoy listening to? Were there any songs or particular artists that inspired your creative side? Also could you possibly say happy birthday to my friend Alex, he’s 18 in a few days and a big fan of yours so thought I’d try! Thanks!

 A: I dunno that any one particular song inspired me, I grew up listening to love songs & ballads & heroic songs. I like Man of La Mancha, Camelot was a great example of heroic music, I dug it a lot. Oh & Happy 18th Birthday Alex! Excelsior!


Q: Which Spiderman movie did you like best. 2002 with Tobey Maguire? or 2012 The Amazing Spiderman with Andrew Garfield? LOVED your cameo in The Amazing Spiderman. Stan Lee the librarian. heart Thank you for letting me hug you at the Calgary Comic Expo. I asked first but I don’t think you heard me and I hugged you anyway. You hugged me back for the photo and you are awesome! Thank you for being you!

A: I love them all & if I had a favorite I wouldn’t tell you. I love working on them & working with the people who make them. And I wouldn’t wanna offend anybody by placing one over the other. I am such a wonderful person, the world should learn something from my example.


Q: Hi Stan! Thank you for being an inspiration for many of us here and more. Hope you don’t mind me asking a casual question. What do you do during your spare time when you’re not busy being Marvel’s Stan Lee? (Not that Marvel actually owns you, do they?)

A: I do interviews…I don’t have any spare time.


Q: Hey Stan! If you can be any of the superheroes you created which one would you choose to be and why?

A: Tony Stark! He’s rich, he has women, boats, planes & a sense of humor.


Q: First off, I wanted to thank you: you created the characters that I spent my childhood with. There have been plenty of superhero movies made over the last few years: Which superhero, Marvel or otherwise, would you most want to see a movie for? What is your favorite and least favorite Marvel film?

A: I don’t have favorites & if I did I wouldn’t tell ya. Don’t want people getting mad at me.


Q: Hi Stan! I’m a huge fan and I want to thank you for all your work you’ve done. Spider-Man and Dr. Strange are two of my favorite characters of all time. I have two questions because I couldn’t decide which one was better. Do you think there will ever come a time when Marvel should retire the men behind heroes like Peter Parker and Tony Stark for good and have them pass the torch to someone else? Using modern technology if you could be given a retroactive cameo in any existing movie what movie would you want to appear in?

A: Our characters will never retire! You keep buying ’em we’ll keep doin’ ’em. There is no movie that has ever or will be made that my cameo wouldn’t improve…so all of ’em!


Q: First of all, thanks for doing this!! Second: what was it like when you started? How did people react when you told them you “worked” making comic books? And third: is there any approach or philosophy, any quote that you have always on your mind whenever you reach an impass?

A: When I’m really at an impasse, I’ll stop & say to myself: “Come on you Jerk, it’s just words on paper.”


Q: What’s your favorite super hero that you did not create yourself? What’s your favorite flavor of ice cream? What do you think of the Ultimate line of Marvel comics? Do you approve of re-booting the universe to allow more new people to read comics?

A: There are variables…if I have a chocolate cake or strawberries & I wanna put ice cream on it, it’s gotta be Vanilla. Ice Cream by itself…Chocolate. I know that in your quest for a definitive answer you want me to pick one over the other, but there are even many other flavors that have brought me satisfaction & pleasure over the years. So I refuse to make one definitive choice.


Q: I absolutely love your work 🙂 my question is, did you mean anything that you said in mallrats, or was it all just scripted? Also, your awesome

A: What I said in Mallrats was scripted, but I’m such a magnificent actor that people think I’m dreaming the words up at that very moment. Even though I like Kevin Smith, I’m very disappointed that he hasn’t asked me back to cameo for any films since Mallrats. To incur the wrath of Stan Lee is not something one wants to do. So watch out Mr. Kevin Smith!


Q: Hey Stan! If you can be any of the superheroes you created which one would you choose to be and why? Also, which villain would you want to be?

A: Dr. Doom, then I’d be a king! Ya know I was in London, a couple of months ago & I was hoping that when I got off the plane, the queen would be there to greet me & put a ribbon around my neck that I could be Sir Stan Lee…but I guess she was busy or something.


Q: What is your favorite DC character? Are there any you wish you’d thought up? What is your least favorite Marvel character? Any regrets? Thanks so much for the AMA! You’re my hero!

A: My favorite DC character is Lobo, although you couldn’t call him a hero…


Q: You are my all-time favorite person that I have never met. Will you choose a name for my new dog?



Q: Hey Stan! Which of the characters you created do you think is most underrated and should be more popular?



Q: You’ve done many cameos in the marvel movies, my favorite being the most recent in The Amazing Spider-Man. Which cameo was the most fun for you to do?

A: I loved doing them all! They’re a helluva lotaa fun!


Q: My questions are about the Comics Code Authority. Having been working in the industry before the formation of the CCA and well after, what is your opinion of it? Also, the CCA was created shortly after the book Seduction of the innocent was published, would you share your opinion of the book? Did the CCA help the industry or hurt it? Did you find the guidelines hard to work with? The Spiderman issues #96-98 that the Department of Health asked you to do are famous for the removal of the seal and the return of it on issue 99; it seemed to me that you weren’t concerned about the code. Were there any guidelines that you were baffled by? Were there any stories that you had wanted to tell but were unable to because of the CCA? How do you feel about the publishers that went belly up due to the CCA? And Finally, When publishers decided to move away from the use of the CCA was there any sigh of relief?

A: I think the CCA were trying to do a good thing. They thought that only children were reading comics and they genuinely cared about what they were doing. They were mostly a pain in the neck, but we worked with them because they had good intentions.


Q: Where do you get all your inspiration? Does the moustache hold special powers?

A: I have tried to keep this secret for decades… I’m so often asked where I get my inspiration from… I don’t know how you managed to figure it out – YES! It’s the moustache! (Believe that and there’s a bridge in Brooklyn I’d like to sell ya!)


Q: Who’s your biggest inspiration?

A: I’m not much of an “inspiration” guy. When I have to write a story, I sit down and doodle until I get an idea that I like. Then my pen or pencil is the most the most useful inspiration… for years it was my typewriter. I would sit back and pound it all out. Before that of course, I was etching my ideas on the walls of caves.


Q: How is you’re day going Mr. lee?

A: Not too bad.


Q: What’s your favorite food?

A: I’m not really good t picking favorites. I like Italian, if it has a good thick sauce… and Chinese. I like whatever my wife makes for me, she knows more about what I like than I do. I enjoy anything that isn’t poisonous.


Q: You wont read this.

A: Won’t I?


Q: What is the moment you are most proud of?



Q: How often do people mistakenly ask you to sign or ask you about comics which you had no part in creating?

A: People will often ask me to sign pictures or comics of characters I didn’t create… Wolverine being a chief example of this… I always make it a point to tell people that I didn’t create the character, but they ask me to sign it anyway. I’ll always oblige a fan, but I won’t do it under false pretenses.


Q: Stan Lee! im in the internet presence of Stan Lee! And he might read this! A few questions: do you know how bad ass you are? which superhero is your personal favorite, or the one you relate to the most? when did you decide that you wanted to be a bad ass for a living? can i tell people that we’re friends? You had a major impact on my life. Spiderman is the best superhero ever in my opinion, although my dad was a big fan of the fantastic four. your pal, ryan Also, your cameo in the new spiderman is my new favorite. It was hilarious

A; Thanks, I think. No, but seriously, thank you.


Q: when first started in the comic book business who and or what inspired you do be a part of it?

A: I kind of fell into it, actually. I answered an ad in the paper for a position at a magazine company, and it turned out to be at Timely Comics. Timely was was run by Martin Goodman, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Little did I know I’d end up where I am now!


Q: What obscure characters would you like to see adapted into a big budget film?

A: Black Panther. He’s not too obscure, I hope.


Q: Do you think you will ever write your “Great American Novel”? or have you had ideas on what you would want to write about? Also, would you consider resuming your weekly “Stan’s Soapbox” column?

A: I have, in venerable video form as part of my World of Heroes channel on youtube!


Q: As our athletes and movie stars have gotten bigger and stronger, so have our superheroes. Some complain that the sense of vulnerability particularly evident in Marvel heroes has been diminished, and that we are learning to admire power moreso than character. Do you agree with this? Is there an end in sight or will our heroes just keep getting more muscular and powerful?



Q: how do you really feel about your comics transforming into blockbusters? are you disappointed that kids these days will be discovering these characters in movies instead of comic books?



Q: What’s your opinion on the current state of the comic market? Are things like paper comics being phased out, or do you see them starting to trend upwards? Any modern day comics you’d recommend?



Stan Lee: I’m done answering questions for the day, my beloved Brigadiers! We’ll be posting a few more of my video responses, but for now I’m off to other adventures. Remember to follow me on twitter @therealstanlee and to subscribe to my premium YouTube channel Stan Lee’s World of Heroes! Also check up on my facebook page later in the day to see how you can win the signed reddit IAMA printout featuring the Stan Lee Reddit Alien that I was holding earlier. Till next time, True Believers – Excelsior!

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