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interview - Ia think I'm talkin'to person! That's my superpower. You tell a story about the Lee-Kirby style, that "Sgt. Fury and His Howling
Commandos" came about when you bet your publisher that no matter how silly the name, you two would make it successful.

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tors os Steve Difko, Dick Ayers, Don Heck

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from the likes of DC's
Supermanand
BatmanMarvel superheroes such as the Fantastic Four andSpider-Man soonbecamehits
amongcollege-age
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gamered suddenpopuI arity, le ctur e inv it ations andsnowballing mediq attention, began writinghis fabled comics at home in Hewlett Harbor three days a weelc, away f'rom office distracnons. Andwith Kirb,r' and oth er artists
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sound like a silly name! It did at the time. First of all, it was too long for a title we didn't have any-that were six words. And "Howling" was a iong word, and "Commandos" was a long rvord.

I got the name "Howling Commandos"
because in the Army

there was a group called the Screaming Eagles. And I loved the
sound ofthat. So I

figured we'd have the
have no pride!

JohnRomitaandlohn
Buscema living nearby,

Howling Commandos. I'm a copier! (Jokes) I

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immigrants, Lee got
his stort in comics in 1939, aged 76, os a

getting letters from college students, back in the early thing different was

You've said that when Marvel started

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vel. When editor loe Simonleft in a dispute a yeor later, Lee beand stayed there 32 y e ar s, b e coming publisher himself in 1972.
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man's Timely Comics, forerunner of Mar-

came interim editor

face of the Earth. Unfortunately, I'm far from that. (Chuckles)

In the Army, we had this expression where the sergeant

online venture Stcn Lee Media fi.2 zled, his cun ent c ompany, POW! Entertainment, keeps the
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now 84 andMarvel's'publish-r emeritus" go dw ill amb as ador has lived in Califumia - wife, Joan. While his withhis
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audinorcfor his Sci Fi Chonnel reality show "Who Wants to Be a Superhero?" Therehe spoke w ithfr e quent c ontribut or (full disclosur e: and former Morv eI
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Yeah, not that far. Within the last three years you've gotten that series and the TV movie "Lightspeed" on the air; published the hardcover book "Stan Lee's Superhero Christmas"; announced deals with Hugh Hefner and Robert Evans; partnered with a company to do cell-phone episodes of "Stripperella," "The Accuser" and "The Drifter"; and just now released two directto-DVD animated features:

would say, "Don't anticipate the command!" I was just going to say that our third [animated DVDI stars Ringo Starr of The
Beatles. I wanted to do somethingto make him famous! (Laughs) So I decided to do this

happening. Did you hope or could you imagine it'd become this big thing? Never in a million years. I figured maybe we'd reach the point where we start selling as many [comicsl as DC. That u'ould have been great. That was all we could hope for. The idea of movies, television - guys from Newsday interviewing
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comedic adventure. Ringo provides both the voice and the music, and (winds into his pitch) it will probably be the

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Say, that's right - you lived on Long lsland when all this was happening. I loved Newsday when I lived on the Island. And I think I would love it now if I could see it lin California]. V'ou can always go to

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writer) FrankLovece.

What would be your power if you auditioned for "Who Wants to Be a Superhero?"
I always thought the ability to sell an idea is the greatest power of all, so if I had my choice, I'd wanna be the most convincing human being on the

"Mosaic," with Anna Paquin, and "The Condor,t'with Wilmer Valderrama.
I have to be carefirl doing an interview with a guy who knows my stuff better than I do!

newsday.com Great! (|okes) You're too cheap to send me a paper, huh?! "Go look at it online!"

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What happened with that Ringo Starr thing you announced in 2OO4?

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Which comic book superhero would you choose to be? Vote at newsday.com/entertainment.

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