For Stan Lee’s 92nd birthday, Joe Field, owner of Flying Color Comics, has unearthed a video interview he conducted with the Marvel Comics’ legend at 1988’s WonderCon (known then as the Wonderful World of Comics Convention) in Oakland.
The interview offers a glimpse of late ’80s Marvel comic and television projects, including three different Silver Surfer books Lee was working on at the time: “Silver Surfer: Judgement Day” with John Buscema, “Silver Surfer: Parable” with Jean “Moebius” Giraud and “Silver Surfer: The Enslavers” with Keith Pollard.
Lee also mentions a Marvel Universe animated series being produced for syndication, featuring “Spider-Man, Hulk, and would you believe RoboCop,” as well as “one or two other surprises,” and drums up support for the return of NBC’s live-action “The Incredible Hulk.” While the show ended in ’82, it returned for a series of television movies that introduced new Marvel heroes as hopeful spinoffs. Lee discusses the first one — “The Incredible Hulk Returns” — which introduced the first live action appearance of Thor and Donald Blake.
“Well, I don’t want to sound in any way as if I’m trying to influence anything, but I do most strongly suggest that every fan watches it, tells all his friends and neighbors –even enemies and perfect strangers to watch it — makes a lot of noise about it, and writes maybe 20 or 30 thousand letters apiece to the network, saying how much they loved it… A few phone calls and telegrams won’t hurt either.” Lee adds, if the show is successful: “It could start a whole cycle of comic book hero shows.”
The interview ends with Lee discussing plans to send then-President Ronald Reagan an original panel from the “Spider-Man” comic strip, after hearing that the President was a fan of the character, and asking him to hang it next to the Declaration of Independence, or an equally “humble sentiment” to that, Lee added.
Check out the full interview below:
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