How to Be a Real Super Hero!

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Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst in Spiderman"There aren't enough real heroes in this world," Stan says in this exclusive CyberSpacers interview, "because too many people don't care about doing the proper thing for others, or themselves. But, if you do help other people - and - at the same time do what is right for yourself, that's as close to being a superhero as anybody can come.

"When you think about it," Stan 'The Man' continues, "there is a thread of reason that weaves make believe and reality together. Superheroes in comics, heroes in fiction and heroes in the real world have this all-important virtue in common: they help people simply because it is the right thing to do.

"And it's far easier for a character with super-powers to perform heroically than it is for a normal person to be a hero in this world. I would have to say that an average boy or girl or adult who strives and accomplishes great things, for others, and themselves, must be considered a real life super hero."

After conquering comics, many of Stan's Marvel characters jumped into animation. The popularity of 'Mighty Thor,' 'The Fantastic Four,' 'Captain America,' 'Incredible Hulk,' 'Iron Man,' 'Spider-Man' and 'The Marvel Superheroes' grew swiftly on TV.

Nicholas Hammond as SpidermanBut there are always setbacks. In the late '70s, The Hulk and Spider-Man took the leap to live-action television. Stan disliked the live-action 'Amazing Spiderman' TV series that starred Nicholas Hammond. "Nicholas was great, but they didn't give him, or me, enough to work with. It was too juvenile. Spiderman was treated on the show as a cardboard character. There was no depth to the character," 'The Man' tells CyberSpacers in this exclusive interview. Although Stan was the script consultant, he didn't have the final say so on the stories. The series only lasted two seasons.

Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno'The Incredible Hulk' live-action TV series was much more successful. Featuring the late Bill Bixby as Dr. Banner, and bodybuilder superstar Lou Ferrigno as the monster, 'The Hulk' was a full-fledged hit and had a power-packed five-year run.

Alex Hyde-White, Jay Underwood, Rebecca Staab and Michael Bailey Smith as The Fantastic FourThe making of a major motion picture is surrounded by politics, as in the case of Roger Corman's 1992 feature of Stan Lee's Fantastic Four starring Alex Hyde-White, Rebecca Staab and Joseph Culp. The film was slapped together hastily, as the contract for the rights to make the film expired. The film was never officially released.

Eric Bana and Jennifer ConnellySure, the lines to see big-time movies like 'Spider-Man' starring Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst, 'The Hulk' starring Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly, may have been around the block. But the crowds who show up to meet Stan Lee in person, are, excuse the pun: SUPER! And whether he's signing a copy of his autobiography, 'Excelsior! The Amazing Life of Stan Lee,' or his recent video 'Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters, and Marvels,' or 'How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way,' or a photo or just an autograph, Stan is always happy to oblige his fans. "They're the ones who are really super," he tells CyberSpacers.

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