Stan Lee is an American comic book writer, editor, and actor. He is the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, the company known for creating characters like Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, and Hulk. Stan Lee has hopped on social bookmarking service Reddit.com to participate in an AMA (“Ask Me Anything”) thread. Below is a break-down of some of the answers that Stan Lee gave to the questions.
Lee was asked what he does in his spare time. He said that he does not have any spare time and spends a lot of time interviewing.
When Stan Lee gets writer’s block he tells himself “Come on you jerk, it’s just words on paper.”
When asked which of the characters he created is the most underrated, he said:
How is your day going?
Not too bad
Which Spider-Man movie do you like better: 2002 with Tobey Maguire or 2012 with Andrew Garfield?
“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.”
Favorite ice cream?
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.
Did you mean anything that you said in Mallrats, or was it all just scripted?
“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!”
If you can be any of the superheroes you created which one would you choose to be and why?
“Tony Stark! He’s rich, he has women, boats, planes & a sense of humor.”
Which villain would you want to be?
“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.”
What type of music?
“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.”
Will you choose a name for my new dog?
What is your favorite DC character?
“My favorite DC character is Lobo, although you couldn’t call him a hero?”
What is the moment you are most proud of?
Where do you get your inspiration? Does the mustache hold special powers?
“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!)”