Diana interviews Stan Lee! The prolific creator answers a few pressing questions…
Our very own Diana Falzone got the chance to ask the legendary Stan Lee, creator of such little-known comic icons like Spider-man, The X-Men, The Hulk, Iron Man and the Avengers, a few questions for the great people over at Under the Radar. Click Here for the full post, and read an excerpt below!
Falzone: Some people may not know that you were in the Army and served in the Signal Corps. What was your experience like serving?
Lee: Hours before I was to ship overseas to be a telephone line repairman for troops in combat, someone learned I had written comics and I was yanked out of my assignment and sent to Astoria, Queens where the Signal Corps had a training film division. My job was to write training films and to create visual training aids for the troops—which I did.
Falzone: Since you were so young in the industry, did you ever feel that you had to prove yourself more than your older coworkers?
Lee: Absolutely. It’s strange; even though I’m quite a bit older now; I still always feel the need to prove myself.
Falzone: Was there a particular person who mentored you in the comic book business?
Lee: Yes, one person. There was my publisher, Martin Goodman. Simon and Kirby didn’t stay long enough to mentor me and there was no one else.
Falzone: You’ve created some of the most recognizable comics of all time. Is there one particular comic or character that remains your personal favorite?
Lee: I love ‘em all. Whichever one I was writing was my favorite at that time!
Falzone: What advice do you have for soldiers looking to get into the comic book field?
Lee: Depends. If someone wants to be an artist, just draw up some sample pages—with original drawings, not copies—and send them to one of the editors. For one who wants to be a writer it’s more difficult. The best course is to sell something in another field—a TV script, or a movie script, or a novel—then uses that as a “door-opener” with a comic book editor. You see there are so many “name” writers eager to write comics today, that there’s really no reason for an editor to hire someone who isn’t very experienced.
There’s a lot more of the Q & A over at Under the Radar, and quite a few tidbits & trivia I never knew about the prolific creator. Great stuff!