"I learned one of life's greatest lessons. I don't know the reason for this, but people who like superhero stories want their heroes to wear costumes. And if any psychologist or sociologist out there can ever tell me the reason, I would like to know."
About This Interview
In his two-hour Archive interview, as part of the Archive of American Television's Living Television Collection, animation legend Stan Lee discusses his career in multiple media, from comic books to feature films. He describes the birth of Marvel Comics, competition with DC comics and the creation of many of his most beloved characters -- The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, The Incredible Hulk and Spider-Man. Mr. Lee also recalls the formation of production companies Marvel Productions, Stan Lee Productions and POW! Entertainment and his role in each. He talks about his involvement with television programs based on his comic characters (the animated Spider-Man series and the unforgettable The Incredible Hulk) and defines what a superhero means to him. He also reveals his real name and why he changed it to Stan Lee. Lisa Terrada conducted the interview on March 22, 2004 in Los Angeles, CA.