Quote: "People read into the fact that I called the character Mary Jane, but I had no idea it was a nickname for marijuana. I never understood why people take drugs. They can kill you." Comic book guru Stan Lee insists fans who think Spider-Man's girlfriend was inspired by drugs are wrong.
Quote: "I didn't know what to think when Robert Downey, Jr. was announced as Iron Man. I couldn't picture him. To me Downey wasn't a superhero; he was Chaplin." Iron Man creator Stan Lee wasn't convinced by the casting of Robert Downey, Jr. as Tony Stark and his alter-ego.
Fact: Comic book legend Stan Lee and celebrated composer Hans Zimmer are set to be honoured at The Hollywood Reporter's 2013 Key Art Awards. The duo will be recognised for its influence and creativity in entertainment advertising and marketing during a ceremony in Los Angeles in October (13).
Quote: "When I created Spider-Man, my publisher thought it was the worst idea he'd ever heard. He said, 'First of all, people hate spiders. You can't call a guy Spider-Man.' When I told him that he was a teenager, he said, 'What's the matter with you? Teenagers can only be sidekicks.' So he didn't quite get the idea. But I think we did pretty well." Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee on the birth of Spider-Man.
Quote: "I got a phone call last night that really flipped me out!... My pal Avi Arad, producer of the new Spider-Man movie, called to tell me... my cameo is all set for Spidey 4, and when he described it, I realised it's the best, most unusual one yet!... I'm finally in an action scene!" Former Marvel boss Stan Lee, who traditionally makes appearances in the big screen movies of his comic creations, is excited about his role in the upcoming Spider-Man reboot.
Fact: Comic book icon Stan Lee will ring in the New Year by becoming the first inductee into the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011. The Spider-Man creator will unveil the 2,428th star on the famous stretch of Hollywood Boulevard on 4 January (11).
Fact: Comic book legend Stan Lee was honoured with a tribute in Las Vegas over the weekend (08-09May10). The Marvel Comics boss was presented with a Brenden Celebrity Star at The Palms resort, kicking off three days of celebrations for the superhero creator, including the Sin City premiere of IRON MAN 2.
Quote: "I once sat next to Gene Simmons on an airplane. (He's a ) huge comic-book fan, apparently. He starts quizzing me: You know, Stan, that Iron Man issue you wrote, number 23, on page 10 in panel 3, where... And I say, Slow down, mister. I can't even remember where this plane is going." Comic book icon Stan Lee on his mid-air encounter with Iron Man fan Simmons.