Chat with Comics Legend Stan Lee
Comic book mastermind Stan Lee is not only legendary to the fanboy but to the millions of adoring fans of his work in print and onscreen. He has created some of the most noted characters of our time like Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk and many more. Fortunately, Mr. Lee has no plans to slow down anytime soon.
Diana Falzone: You broke into the comic book industry at only 17 years old; did you ever have a “regular” job prior?
Stan Lee: Yep. I had been an office boy (H.Lissner & Sons, trouser manufacturers, 27th and B’way.), a theatre usher (The Rivoli, Times Square) and a delivery boy for a Radio City based pharmacy.
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.
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The Last Airbender coming from Dark Horse Comics
Following the breakout success of last year’s Avatar: The Last Airbender — The Art of the Animated Series, Dark Horse is proud to collaborate with Nickelodeon on a comprehensive publishing program built around this beloved and exciting Emmy-winning animated series!
The first installment of this new series will be released on Free Comic Book Day, May 7, with two introductory short stories — including the unpublished tale “Relics” and the iconic Dirty Is Only Skin Deep... This free comic will be packaged with Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: The Clone Wars in a special flip-book comic, available only at your local comic book shop.
Avatar: The Last Airbender — The Lost Adventures will be released TK. This all-new 240-page comic book contains over 70 pages of never-before-seen material in addition to long-out-of-print comics previously published in Nickelodeon Magazine. With 26 stories set in Airbender continuity and created by a host of top-notch talent, many of whom worked on the original animated series, this is an essential addition to any fan’s bookshelf.
Additionally, Dark Horse will create all-new Airbender stories that will be published as digest-style original graphic novels—conveniently sized paperback collections—in early 2012. Picking up where the season three finale left off, this new series will follow the further adventures of Aang and his friends, as they help to rebuild a world torn apart by 100 years of war.
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Wow Stan Lee has done some really interesting things. I have no idea he was in the military. And I love his comment about not having a favorite comic. What did you think of the interview? Do you have a favorite comic by Stan Lee?
I was sad when the Last Airbender ended. I just wanted there to be more. With that being said, I think I am going picking up these new comics, especially if the take place after the TV series as they are trying to put the world back together. Are you going to get the Last Airbender coming? What do you think of Dark Horse comics taking the project on?