STAN Lee is barging into the pages of his own comic book as a character based on himself who rubs elbows with superheroes – call it a cameo for the reality TV age.
His new series “Stan Lee’s Mighty 7″, which hit stores this week, is inspired by reality television and throws into the mix real-life characters – like Lee himself, the creator of such Marvel Comics icons as Spider-Man and The X-Men.
Those creations have made the 89-year-old Lee a legend in the comic industry, but since leaving Marvel and starting his own company POW! Entertainment in 2001 his latest projects have met with more limited success. That does not phase Lee.
“Somehow I think the only thing that could tarnish my legacy would be … in fact I can’t think of anything that could tarnish it, because those things have already been done, and nobody can take them back,” Lee told Reuters in a phone interview.
“Everything I’m doing I’m trying to do in the same way, because when I did Spider-Man and Iron Man and all the others, I was trying to do something different,” he said. “There had never been a teenaged superhero like Spider-Man.” (Reuters)