We cannot hope to stop Stan Lee; we can only hope to contain him

In a week in which he announced a new superhero, announced a new manga deal and was awarded the first ever New York Comics Legend Award, Stan Lee just had to ramp it up a notch with news of a new line of superhero comics from Virgin:

“It will be a team of 10 heroes and they will be dealing with personality conflicts, personal problems and chemistry within the team,” Lee said in an interview this week. “I’m going to get started working on it right away and I’m very excited about doing something that will be fresh and breaking new ground. I can’t give away the details or the names yet, but I have some exciting things in mind.”

Virgin has had a number of big-name creators writing comics under its banner, among them filmmakers Guy Ritchie, Terry Gilliam and John Woo, actor Nicolas Cage and musician Dave Stewart.

The company has largely steered clear of traditional superheroes. While Lee has an esteemed background in that sector, his most vital work was in the 1960s and 1970s, and his most recent work, with its bombastic dialogue, is not in sync with the tone of today’s elite comics writers.


While our own aching bones prevented us from attending the Comics Legend award party, can anyone doubt that Lee is truly a law unto himself where getting his name out there is concerned?

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  1. And this will flop just like every single thing Lee has done since, what, about 1970. And yet someone else will still hire him because he’s the guy who “created Spider Man.” I’m sorry but Stan’s ideas seemed to magically stop coming the minute he wasn’t working with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko who actually did go on to create other interesting ideas. Yet Stan is such a smooth talker and likeable guy that someone will ALWAYS be willing to give the guy a huge check to give us more genius ideas like Striperella.

  2. Max Gottfried says:

    God bless him. I hope he does a million more projects before we miss his energy and passion for comic books. What other golden age comic book legends are creating new projects?

  3. Nicely said, Max.

    BTW, the later works by Kirby and Ditko didn’t exactly set sales records either.

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