The 89-year-old talked to PARADE about his newest venture, his favorite character he's ever created, and the latest portrayal of Spidey on the big screen.
On Stan Lee’s Mighty 7.
“I wanted to do a new comic book, but I wanted to find a way to make it different than all the other superhero books I’ve done. There are so many reality shows on television now, so I thought we’d make the world’s first reality comic book. Naturally, the first real person I have in it is myself! I’m actually an integral part of the story. I think it’s going to be fun to have a superhero adventure story that takes place in the real world with real identifiable people in the story. But besides the reality angle, it’s also an exciting superhero story with a supervillain and all the things you’d expect.”
On coming up with his characters' names.
“It’s one of the toughest parts because any name you think of has been done before. I come up with what I think is the greatest name in the world, and I Google it, and I find out that I had created it about 50 years ago and I had forgotten! We eventually do get the names we want, and that’s part of the fun of doing this sort of thing.”
On his favorite comic book character.
“It’s like asking a parent who is his favorite child, but if I had to choose a favorite, I would say Spider-Man because he’s really the most well known and the best loved all over the world and that makes me very happy.”
On his cameo in the The Amazing Spider-Man.
"It’s the most integral part of the whole thing! It’s a very funny one. I think you’ll get a kick out of it when you see it. It’s one of the first times when I’m really able to do a little serious acting! I may get an award [laughing]. It’s the most fun you can imagine. I love doing them.”
On Andrew Garfield portrayal of Spidey.
“He is great! They couldn’t have picked anyone better. When Toby was first cast as Spider-Man, a lot of people said, 'Gee, how did they pick him?' But once they saw the movie, they loved him. He became the Spider-Man that everybody thought should be Spider-Man. It's going to be the same with Mr. Garfield. When they see Andrew Garfield in this role, they’re going to say, 'Oh man, whoever the casting director was should get a bonus.' He’s really terrific and he’s a great guy.”
On the superpower he'd most like to have.