Given that just yesterday we were spotlighting Stan Lee’s Kpop video debut, it seems only appropriate that footage of one of the legendary creator’s earliest media appearances has begun to make the rounds again: a 1970 episode of To Tell the Truth.
For those not well-versed in game-show history, each segment of To Tell the Truth introduced three contestants, one who had an interesting occupation or experience (who was sworn to tell the truth), and two imposters (who were permitted to lie). It was up to a panel of celebrities — here, Bill Cullen, Peggy Cass, Tom Poston and Kitty Carlisle — to ask a series of questions to try to identify the real person.
In the 1970 segment, which begins at the 14-minute mark, Lee and the other challengers are introduced with the traditional affidavit that reads, in part:
Comic books have long been a major part of the American cultural scene, but I have been active in updating and modernizing the cartoon heroes and their adventures. It used to be that the muscular he-man with cape and mask had as their traditional enemies all kinds of creatures from outer space and from distant planets, but my superheroes also battle the forces of evil found right here on the planet Earth, and Captain America, along with my latest creation, the black superhero the Falcon, teaching ghetto youngsters not to trust their local drug-pusher.
I’m not sure what to say about that last part, except that it was 1970 … In the end, Lee received two votes; one of the imposters, an industrial designer from Peekskill, New York, received two incorrect votes.
Lee appeared again in a 2001 episode, during one of the short-lived revivals of To Tell the Truth, but that time he wore a disguise, as he’d become too well known.
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