Welcome to ‘Bradley’s Basement’ blog and I’m Tim Bradley.
I want to give my tribute to Stan Lee the man – the Marvel Comics legend who was the brains behind many of my favourite superheroes that first appeared in comics and went on to be in films. This includes my favourite superhero, Spider-Man, who I dreamed about becoming when I was a kid.
Stan Lee also created superheroes like the Fantastic Four; the Incredible Hulk; the X-Men; Daredevil; Iron Man; Captain America; Thor; the Silver Surfer; etc. Many of these superheroes made their first comic book appearances in the 1960s. I’ve read the comics by Stan Lee from the 1960s and loved the wit; humour and action in them.
Many of these superheroes created by Stan Lee have gone on to appear in their movies, including ones featured in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Stan Lee himself made cameos in those movies, being the creator of the superheroes he made. I always did enjoy spotting his cameos in the movies.
My first experience of Stan Lee was watching one of his ‘soap box’ interviews on the ‘Spider-Man: The Ultimate Villain Showdown’ DVD back in 2002. This was before I saw the first ‘Spider-Man’ movie with Tobey Maguire on DVD for that Christmas. Stan Lee was interviewed on that DVD as well.
I always enjoyed hearing Stan Lee’s thoughts about writing and creating characters in the comics. He always came across as a genuinely pleasant and enthusiastic guy, especially when he was being interviewed and how he interacted with other people. A shame I never got to meet Stan in real-life.
I probably should have seen Stan Lee when he made his last UK visit at the ‘London Film and Comic Con’ some years ago. I know he’s been ill lately and was getting on this year, but I still hold fond memories of Stan Lee when seeing him in interviews and watching his cameos in the movies he did.
I will always be grateful to Stan Lee for creating my favourite superhero, Spider-Man, who I’ve enjoyed from reading the comics and the movies he’s been in. Stan Lee’s philosophy in making superheroes as he saw them shines throughout. His legacy in the work he did is a superb testament.
Check out more about Stan Lee and the latest tributes given to him by those who knew him in this BBC news post here – https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/entertainment-arts-46186552
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Bye for now.