The legend of the Marvel comics, Stan Lee, died last week at age 95. In addition to creating dozens of iconic superheroes, Lee was also known for ushering in the era of modern comics and becoming his face through his appearances on film and television projects.
One of those appearances included that of an anonymous bus driver on NBC Heroes, which counted among its producers Jeph Loeb, who now serves as head of Marvel TV and regularly crossed with Lee throughout his career at Marvel. Next, Loeb recalls working with Lee for the first time, reflecting on his legacy and revealing Lee's favorite cameo.
The first time I worked with Stan was not in a Marvel project. I was in a program called Heroes, and we thought it would be fun if Stan made a cameo in the show. It was then that I learned the first lesson of making Stan make your cameos, that he can take a line and turn it into a soliloquy. What was happening was that he was the bus driver (he always played with the common man) and Hiro, the young Japanese character. [played by Masi Oka]I was getting on the bus.
Stan's line was "Hello there." We prepare everything, the bus stops, the door opens, and Stan leans over and says, "Well, young man, where did you go?" And Hiro says: "I'm trying to get to California." And Stan says, "Well, I have good news for you! We're headed there, so get on board!" We were like, "I guess that's the same as & # 39; Hello & # 39; if you're in Stan's world. "We tried to use it in all the Marvel series, but in the shows in New York [on Netflix]It was harder for him to come from California, although each one of the showrunners asked if we could.
When I started working in the business and had the opportunity to meet him, people said: "Do you know Stan Lee?" And I said: "What is extraordinary for me is that Stan Lee knows who I am." It just seemed impossible. to me. And he was so good with that. Even at 95, he would say, "Oh, Jeph, how are you, what's going on in Marvel?" It was extraordinary.
It's not in the movies or TV shows, but [my favorite Stan Lee] The cameo is at the end of the wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm. The and jack [Kirby] There are two types at the wedding, and that is the end of the story. There are these two guys with top hats and tux walking down the street, talking about the Fantastic Four.
At a professional level, Stan took these mysterious people who wrote, drew, inked, wrote letters and edited comics, and turned them into characters. He gave them nicknames and, as a reader, you had the feeling that having the opportunity to work in the Marvel bullpen or seeing the Marvel bullpen was like going to the circus, and these were the people who were going through it the most, when. Then they would join the comics.
And that's why you loved them, because Stan created a world where he and the rest of the bullpen could play in the Marvel universe, which told us that young people would come to write and draw for Marvel and eventually make movies and television programs. , that we were always part of the story, and that we could be in the Marvel universe any time we wanted. [He was] a hero, a brilliant storyteller, a fantastic salesman and a promoter without equal. He really took over the comic book industry and told the world that they are not just for kids. This is literature.