Tim Quinn’s Marvel UK Memories: Interviewing Stan Lee

Stan Lee on ITV’s The South Bank Show, broadcast in the mid 1990s
Stan Lee on ITV’s The South Bank Show, broadcast in the mid 1990s

Stan Lee has been a hero of mine since I read one of his comics when I was just seven years of age. So you can imagine what a blast it was many years later to bring in The South Bank Show TV cameras to produce an in-depth interview with Stan ‘The Man’ Lee in his New York office at Marvel Comics.

Only a mere portion of the recorded interview was used in the resulting TV show.

The nitwits in Marvel management had warned me not to mention DC Comics, as they didn’t want my show to promote the rival company. My first question to Stan was: “Tell me how it all began for Marvel Comics?”

Without a pause he replied: “All thanks to DC Comics who had already created two of the finest characters in comic book history, Superman and Batman…”

Marvel management fumed behind the cameras as Stan went on at length about the wonders of DC for the next ten minutes, but they didn’t dare stop The Man…

A page from the transcript of the Stan Lee interview recorded for The South Bank Show
A page from the transcript of the Stan Lee interview recorded for The South Bank Show

Tim Quinn – writer, publisher and more – is the genius behind the FAB4000 project that he created with Russ Leach, inspired by Jayne Massey and her seeing eye dog Witney who feature in the stories. Ken Dodd   gave his support to the project, and Tim recently released latest edition for the Merseyside charity, Liverpool Heartbeat – www.liverpoolheartbeat.com.  Find out more on Facebook. You can find Tim online at mightyquinnmanagement.com

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