So Stan Lee once posed for a naked centrefold

By Steve Morris

SFW? NSFW? I suppose it all depends on if your boss has an alliterative name or not. Writer Sean Howe, building up to the October 9th release of his new book Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, has been releasing snippets and previews via the book’s Tumblr page. And this most recent update certainly gives you something you’ve never seen before. Dare you risk the jump?

tumblr m97r7x7u2T1qzoglfo1 1280 So Stan Lee once posed for a naked centrefold

Who needs Prince Harry photos? The photo apparently came about in 1983, during the creation of a Marvel photo-comic celebrating the behind-the-scenes office life for Marvel Comics. When Stan Lee visited the office, the staff suggested he do a nude photoshoot, and by all accounts his pants were flying through the air in a Mighty Marvel Manner before anybody could stop him.

Covered only by a copy of The Incredible Hulk, Stan sprawled across the luckiest sofa in comic-book history and Eliot R. Brown snapped him for posterity. Upon finding out what he’d done, Stan’s assistant reportedly called the office:

Stan is wild. He should not have been naked for your centerfold. Please. Don’t

So, in respect to Stan’s legacy, a Hulk costume was photoshopped over the image when it was published.

Rumours that Joe Quesada will be replicating the pose next year to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the X-Men have yet to be confirmed. Or denied!

Comments

  1. Woody says:

    ‘Nuff Said?

  2. If Joe does, please don’t post the pic. Just a link that I can ignore would be best. :)

  3. It’s part of the Marvel Fumetti Book (Apr 84), a fun one-shot.

    And that’s a copy of DC Special Series #27 (Dec 81), the final issue after it switched to treasury sized, that Stan’s holding.

    Fun background story, though.

  4. Tommy Raiko says:

    “…a Hulk costume was photoshopped over the image…”

    I suppose on some level, it pleases the folks at Adobe that their Photoshop program has become so synonymous with imagery manipulation that it’s the first, natural way we describe this instance from 1983, which I believe is a few years earlier than the earliest versions of Photoshop were released.

    Also, I want to read something into the fact that it’s the Batman/Hulk comic that Stan’s holding over his junk here. Now *that’s* really a crossover.

  5. An issue of Giant Size Man-Thing would have been better.

  6. Scratchie says:

    @Donna: High-yo!

  7. George Bush (not that one) says:

    Stan wanted to do porno-comics.

  8. That’s Dean Haspiel’s entire career plan right there.

  9. monopole says:

    Well that explains the Hulk Metaphor…

  10. This is 1983? So that would mean Stan is 60 in this shot.

  11. Ben Lyons says:

    Peter David has a shot with the exact same pose in Patti Perret’s “Faces of Fantasy”. The photo is entitle “Hiding behind a great body of work.”

    You really should get permission to share it.

  12. Jack Feerick says:

    Yup. Say what you will about Stan Lee, but the man has always kept himself in damn good shape for a man his age.

  13. Wally Stong says:

    Eye soap! Dear Lord, somebody get me the eye soap!!!!!

  14. jacob goddard says:

    As much as I loathe Stan Lee’s business ethics and the direction he turned American comics… I bet you couldn’t find another mainstream editor who looks this good naked at 60.
    Bet you can’t find one who’s this fit at 40.

    The obesity epidemic in this country makes Stan Lee look good.

  15. “EXCELSIOR!!!”

  16. Here’s a play on the photo comic in question I put together awhile back.

    http://www.newcomicsday.com/ncd/2012/04/greg-land-exits-marvel/

  17. Dave Miller-lad says:

    oh, no. I sat on that couch.

  18. jonboy says:

    “Covered only by a copy of The Incredible Hulk…”

    It saddens me that the author of this article cannot take the time to look at the photograph in question and notice that it is NOT a copy of The Incredible Hulk.

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