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At Houston’s Comicpalooza, Stan Lee Discussed Spiderman’s Origins And His Love Of Villains

The legendary Marvel Comics writer and publisher spoke at Comicpalooza in 2015. We revisit his conversation with Ernie Manouse.

Stan Lee and Ernie Manouse, Comicpalooza
Stan Lee of Marvel Comics on stage with Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse at Houston’s Comicpalooza in 2015.


Legendary comic book creator Stan Lee passed away Monday at the age of 95.

The writer, editor, and publisher of Marvel Comics — whose many creations include Spiderman, the X-Men, Black Panther, Iron Man, and the Incredible Hulk — became almost as iconic as some of his characters.

Back in 2015, Houston Public Media’s Ernie Manouse had the chance to interview Lee on stage at Comicpalooza, where he spoke about how he came up with Spiderman, about using some of his Marvel characters for educational purposes on PBS, and about how he actually liked some of the villains he'd created better than the heroes.

In the audio above, listen to some highlights from their hour-long conversation, or, in the audio below, hear it in its entirety.

FULL INTERVIEW: Stan Lee at Comicpalooza 2015


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