Thursday, July 22, 2010

Batman and Stan Lee



I'll never forget the first time I read the paperback Origins of Marvel Comics, where every chapter was headed up by a few pages of text by Stan Lee, explaining the genesis of his ideas. It seemed to cool to me that this master creator was just as interested and enthusiastic about the art form as I was. I then devoured his How To Draw Comics The Marvel Way and made sure to read his Stan's Soapbox columns on Bullpen Bulletins. He was and remains the greatest spokesman the form has ever seen. I love all of his cameos in the movies as well. Stan Lee as Willie Lumpkin was perfect casting!

When I got the request to do a cover with Lee, I knew just what to use. The cover and issue of B&B where Jim Aparo depicted himself as part of the story was always one of my favorites. This cover was probably the easiest one I made.

I recently picked up the hardcover collection of Lee's Spider-Man newspaper strips and enjoyed it immensely. Stan really knew how to write in that format. Here's an original art page from that strip:

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6 comments:

On Smash said...

Stan lee stated numerous times, he can't even draw a straight line

Michael Jones said...

Though he wrote the first strips, Stan's brother, Larry Lieber wrote most of them. I liked Stan as Hef, how come Larry doesn't get any cameos?

Ross said...

That's interesting. I guess they kept the Lee/Lieber signature no matter what. I have a couple of Hulk newspaper strips as well, and even though they both are signed Lee/Lieber on the back you can see that the real artists are Buckler, Buscema and Sinnott.

Rick said...

I thought it was funny that as Mr. Lee says he can't draw a straight line that he had to be the art director for a while in the 60's.

Cecil said...

What Rick said.

I share your sincerely joyful memories of and overall enthusiasm for Stan; he made Marvel's staff seem to exist in a place I'd dream of being.

Spike Valentine said...

Well, stan Le did lettering a ton, that's what's going on here...

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