I've never met him, but I have collected his creations for years. He is the creator of many of the Marvel Comics stories and characters that are now coming to big screen. Because of my fascination with his stories, it was my dream, ever since I was ten years old to become a Comic Book artist. I even went to Art school to pursue my dream.
Obviously that didn't work. I am not unhappy about that decision (OK, maybe not by much), but after seeing the movie Ironman 2 this weekend I remembered how much I wanted to draw those stories.
Do you know that in every Marvel Comic movie, Stan Lee shows up? In the Hulk he was the un-named guy that drank the tainted drink from Mexico. Can you spot him in the new movie?
I wonder how Stan Lee feels about his creations going to big screen? Lets face it, the technology is at a place that can actually do the stories justice. I know I get completely enamoured by what I see. I can only imagine how Mr. Lee reacts. I look for and see the nods toward other characters and movies that are being made. (See the picture of Thor's Hammer? You have to watch all the way AFTER the credits to get that little tidbit)
In my fascination, I forget that not everyone collected comics like the X-men, Avengers, Fantastic Four, Spiderman, New Mutants, Spiderman (I could go on and on). I get the little hints and I already understand their motivations. A friend of mine complained that there was too many gaps in plot and logic. I just went with it, willing to accept it because I was seeing those characters I'd read come to life.
Why do I love Super Hero comics and the movies about them? It is there, that I first saw stories that explored the Anti-hero, Like Wolverine (my absolute favorite Hero). Initially most stories were cut and dried-Good Vs. Evil, then it changed bringing in the grey areas of moral choice, and how villains and heroes were pushed to do good and bad things. That's when Spiderman found his black suit and fought his dark side.
Funny, but I began to look at my writing and realized I was doing what I set out to do--with words. I am writing a Dark Urban Fantasy that brings in all those elements I mentioned above. It has people with strange powers, action, shady deeds, and moral choices.
Now all I have to figure out is how to put Stan Lee in my story.....
So, what influenced your writing?