Walt Disney. Charles Schulz. Jim Henson. Every now and again a creative mind comes along and forever changes the world through the characters they leave behind. Stan Lee, who died today at the age of 95, was another of these individuals.
Through his work with Marvel Comics, Lee co-created numerous characters such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, and the X-Men, (among many, many more). As much as he was a gifted writer, he was arguably an ever better pitchman. Has there ever been a pop culture figure as enthusiastic as Stan Lee? Lee was tireless in his promotional efforts, right up until the final months of his life — ones that were sadly dominated by controversies over legal matters.
We’ll have much more about Lee and his immeasurable legacy over the next couple of days, but for now we wanted to share with you this fantastic 1976 interview with him and former Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief (and a legend in his own right) Roy Thomas. It shows Lee at the height of his bombastic, hyperbole-driven might. Enjoy.
Excelsior Stan, there will never be another like you! ‘Nuff said.