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Stan “The Man” Lee On Creating Spider-Man

In this clip, Stan talks about the creation of the web crawler. You’ll get a good feel for his personality.

Anyone who even knows, much less loves comic books knows who Stan Lee is. As Marvel’s Editor in Chief, Stan not only oversaw the development of some of the most iconic heroes and villains in the comic world, he also co-created characters like Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, and, of course your friendly, neighborhood Spider-Man.

Stan was one of our earliest guests on Hollywood’s Master Storytellers, appearing with the first Spider-Man feature. Although well into his 80s at the time of his first appearance with us, like the late Ray Bradbury (also an early guest), he was one of the biggest kids I ever knew. Stan had a wonderfully playful personality and a child-like enthusiasm for life in general and storytelling in particular.

We would periodically exchange emails in the years following his joining the HMS family. I remember going to opening night of “X-Men 3” at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre and writing to Stan to let him know how much the audience loved his traditional cameo appearance. He wrote back, “What? They didn’t tear out the seats and burn down the screen? I must be losing my touch. Excelsior!” That was Stan in a nutshell.


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