Here’s a great photo that was just posted on the Museum Facebook page. It’s credited as “shared Greg Theakston’s photo” so I assume it’s from Greg’s files.
If Jack had been a movie director he could have cast himself as a gangster.
Also, here’s a recent Facebook comment in response to the veracity of Lee’s various interviews over the years:
Patrick Ford: Lee was questioned about his old interview comments during his recent deposition. Stan Lee: “So I tried to write these — knowing Jack would read them, I tried to write them to make it look as if he and I were just doing everything together, to make him feel good. And we were doing it together. But with something like Galactus, it was me who said, “I want to do a demigod. I want to call him Galactus.” Jack said it was a great idea, and he drew a wonderful one and he did a great job on it. But in writing the book, I wanted to make it look as if we did it together. So I said we were both thinking about it, and we came up with Galactus.”
Pretty funny that from about 1970 until now, this is probably one of the only times Lee admits he told a fib. What was his white lie? According to Lee he pretended at some point that Jack helped him come up with Galactus, while in reality Lee was just trying to make Jack look good.
That was really nice of Lee to do that for Jack. Glad he told us the truth though, we wouldn’t want anyone to think Jack had anything to do with the Galacuts Trilogy.
This might be one of the quotes Lee is talking about since he uses the term “we.” I guess now he’s backtracking and saying he meant “I.” Sure glad Lee was able to set the record straight (rolling my eyes). I’ll highlight the false we’s.
Stan Lee: Galactus was simply another in a long line of super-villains whom we loved creating. Having dreamed up [many] powerful baddies … we felt the only way to top ourselves was to come up with an evil-doer who had almost godlike powers. Therefore, the natural choice was sort of demi-god, but now what would we do with him. We didn’t want to use the tired old cliche about him wanting to conquer the world. … That was when inspiration struck. Why not have him not be a really evil person? After all, a demi-god would be beyond mere good and evil. … [What] he’d require is the life force and energy from living planets!”
Lee, Stan. “Introduction” (second page, unnumbered) 1993, Marvel Masterworks: The Fantastic Four Vol. 5 (Marvel Publishing : second edition, second printing, 2007)