Stan Lee: The only Marvel character I didn’t like was…

June 12, 2011 | 8:10 a.m.

fantastic four 30 Stan Lee: The only Marvel character I didnt like was...Comics icon Stan Lee churned out hundreds of characters during the great Marvel renaissance of the 1960s and his collaborations with artists such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck and John Buscema created a vast and history-making tapestry of heroes and villains. But surely there were some duds in there, too, right? That was essentially the question posed by Patt Morrison of the Los Angeles Times and it led to this answer:

“Oh, no, if I didn’t like it, I wouldn’t have written it. Wait a minute, there was one. Jack Kirby and I were doing the Fantastic Four. We needed a new villain — we always worked under tremendous deadlines; we were doing dozens of books a month. I said: “Jack, I think a great name is Diablo; why don’t you draw a guy called Diablo, and we’ll give him some kind of power.” And he drew a real scary-looking guy, but I had no idea who Diablo was or where he came from. I must have batted out something and Jack drew it, and to this day I can’t remember what the Diablo story was. The only thing I ever wrote that I don’t know what it was! So I think I didn’t like that particular issue.”

That issue, by the way, was “Fantastic Four” No. 30 from the summer of 1964 (you can find a great summary of the story right here). Morrison talked to Lee about plenty of other things, too, you can find her in-depth Q&A right here. If you’re a Marvel fan, by the way, and you live in Southern California, you might want to check out the closing night of the Hero Complex Film Festival.

— Geoff Boucher


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5 Responses to Stan Lee: The only Marvel character I didn’t like was…

  1. Bill Hall says:

    Great Stan Lee creation story. Thanks!

  2. Moira says:

    I Too Happy I Can't Wait, I wish they bring to TV. Iwant o seeit. Heck With everybody What they saying? Istill love America. Fear it self. SS. SF. Iam Superfan. Avengers On TV. Ironman said? WHy Do you hurt poeple? I don't kill people, IAm Joking.AFV. Captain America SF. Battle of the BAnds. I wear A Cap And MAsk. It's Blue Red Green. I love supergirl.IAm Supergirl. SF.Too Bad MAke them Convertion Better. I lik efunny.I make my own headline news Crap.Starrring Avengers. SF.I ant to be a Actor.Catain Amrica.

  3. Moira says:

    I Got to Agree With the MAn There.I can Do bette then that Storyline sucks. You just create funny scence,no sence of humor.Why does INvoled Volince. Taht why so much Sadness. I hate sadness Just be cause I said Hello.Said Bulldogs.Joking?Sf. Heck with you,Ruined Good Comics.IAm Superfan. SF. I so EC I would guy buy junk.Sf. I love the Avengers. Humor. Just i Asked Be Funny.To MAke Funny.they just Like laugh in.AFV> I didn't used NO superhero powers, saying Taht i waited Dying. Poor Cap doesn't feel like a hero. Misunderstanding.

  4. Omer says:

    Watch Stan Lee talking about the creation of the Fantastic Four in

  5. Joe Puma says:

    I liked Diablo,so no shame there Mr. Lee.Just goes to show that Lee and Kirby were like the Lennon/McCartneys of 1960's comic books,they could go into a room and come out a few minutes later with something on the fly that was still heads and shoulders above most of their competitors work.Talk about a magic touch!

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