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I always wished I could do something better than Comics, but that didn’t seem to be anything my mother save it at when I was having lunch or dinner at home. If I didn’t have a book to read, I’d be reading the label on the ketchup bottle and infect one of the gifts that I got. One Christmas and my motherboard me metal stand that you could put a book on so while you’re eating you could be reading the book. They were The Hardy Boys, Don sturdy and Tom Swift. One was an adventurer one. Was it in? I love damiel Jolla. I love Charles Dickens. Whenever I got an extra $ 0.50 I’d buy one of those books in those days, grown-ups hated comics didn’t want the children to read them, particularly so I figured I’m not going to use my real name which I’m saving for presterity. For these silly comic books, so I cut my first name into to go by self Stan and it was a living and I was doing the best I could to make the stories a little bit better, but the kind of stories my publisher wants me to do. Our banal there, the juvenile then up, I said to my wife: you know: there’s got to be something better than this. So Joni said to me: why don’t you write one book the way you’d like to do it so at that time my publisher, Martin Goodman, give me a new superhero book. I think superheroes made myself, but I didn’t want to do superheroes just like Superman or Batman. I wanted something a little more original and where I played up the person, the characters more and wither with surprises that came up with the Fantastic Four and I called Jack Kirby. Who is the best artist? We had that. I asked him if he would draw it. It’S sold very, we had never gotten fan mail before, but we started getting fan mail and that started it. So I dreamed up Spider-Man and the X-Men will the others what I try to do. We take these characters, who are obviously life and fictitious and make them seem real. They’Ve got these Powers, they do wonderful things, but what it? What are the things that worry them? What are the things that frustrate them? I tried to write a welder good character with every character I did, rather than just somebody who is extra strong and can beat up the bad guys if you’re writing about people you have to make the people come to life. I know II loved reading Sherlock Holmes and I love the way Sherlock Holmes folk and the way dr. Watson spoke, and you can tell one from the other day didn’t speak the same way and the same with any good books to read Joe said was Sam said In the beginning of myself, I type them out broke them after, while I was writing almost every book and we had a lot of, and there wasn’t time to do it I ate and Kirby would be waiting for script, and I couldn’t keep him with nothing. To do so, I would say: look Jack. I don’t have time to write your script, but here’s the story I wanted to tell, and he is that will end it whatever. I wanted the story to be, and I said that you draw. Anyway, you want I’ll put in the dialogue in the captions later, so he would work just from an outline, a verbal outline that I gave him he put in a the details that I hadn’t even Thought of that was great and I did the same with all the other artists. One reason that our stories were so successful as I had these great artists illustrating them. Kirby was good. Dick was good good job, you semi colon, and I tried to get the best people I could, even though we couldn’t pay more than anyone else that we very often paid less, I tried to make the job is in, even though they were comic strips. It would be great if we could make them readable and enjoyable and a having something to say what would you like people to be left with from your career up some good stories when I’m gone, I really don’t care and it doesn’t do me any good when You’Re gone
Stan Lee, one of the most influential writers and publishers in the comic book industry, sat down with The New York Times in 2015 to talk about his life and career.

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