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Stan Lee wishes Bob Kane were alive to see Marvel’s film success


Separate from Bloomberg Businessweek‘s Marvel Studios cover story, Bloomberg Television chats with Stan Lee about the current popularity of superhero movies, concerns about “superhero fatigue,” and the differences between the box-office performances of the Marvel and DC Comics properties.

“I wish my friend Bob Kane were still with us — he’s the fellow who created Batman,” Lee says. “Bob always used to tease me about the fact that Batman was a big deal on television and in movies, and we at Marvel had done nothing. I wish he was here now so I could return that teasing. A character should be somebody that the reader, or viewer, really cares about, and maybe at Marvel we put a little more effort into refining the characteristics and the nature of our heroes, maybe a little more effort than they have on the other side of the aisle.”

He also delves into his projects at POW! Entertainment, and what advances in technology may mean to the future of the comics industry: “If you come up with the right project with the right superhero and the right atmosphere and the right power, and with a good story, it almost doesn’t matter whether it’s on the screen, a big screen, a 3D screen, on a computer screen or in a comic book or in a novel — a good story is a good story, and people have always wanted good stories.”

And if you’ve always wondered what the 91-year-old Lee has for breakfast every morning, he answers that question, too.



Just a crook standing up for his kind.

A legend and an icon. No Stan Lee, no Marvel as we know it. Maybe no Marvel full stop.

He is correct that Marvel has done a better job with movies than DC has.

You know who I wish were alive? Jack Kirby and Bill Finger.

@DarthShap – I kinda want them alive to see the fruits of their labors and to get some recognition for it (especially Finger), but on the other hand do I really want them to what they’ve created make literally BILLIONS of dollars and them not getting a cent.

I wonder if they also compared the numbered of people they have exploited and who has done it better.

That right there is the sound of one hand clapping. I’m trying to keep from using the cliched “Bam” or “Pow”. “Socko!” does come to mind though.

Haha, nice try. Bill Finger is the creator of Batman.

Talmidge Mcgulliger

April 3, 2014 at 1:49 pm

I highly doubt Stan even knew the extent of what Kane did.

Jesus. Do we need to hear every thought rattling around in Stan Lee’s head? He stopped being relevant the moment Kirby left him for DC.

I realy want to know what Stan think about the casting of the new Fantastic Four Reboot!

You know.. yeah Stan it’s great that FINALLY after over 50 years that Marvel can FINALLY create Marvel stuff that people want to see without your input at all. But here’s the thing.. long after people forget the Avengers, Batman will still be around.
Also, huge irony that cheat and intellectual property thief Stan lee misses Bob Kane, who stole Batman from Bill Finger.

By Bob Kane I think he meant Bill Finger

@Ivan and Boabiemenzies

Let’s just say this: he’s BOTH.

And I agree, Finger should’ve been mentioned too…

I say we, as a collective fan community, campaign to get Bill Finger the recognition he deserves–forget the Google doodle, the whole country needs to know there is another name that needs to go in the “Batman Created By…” line next to Kane.

Why can’t we unite like that? Chickens, that’s what we all are.

Bill Williamson

April 3, 2014 at 9:43 pm

I’m of a different opinion to Stan. I think it’s a good thing that Bob Kane is dead and I hope he stays dead.

As for Stan being a crook, whatever it is that people think Stan did (and as far as I’m concerned he didn’t really ‘do’ anything) he is/was nowhere near as bad as Bob Kane. Not only did Bob Kane take credit for the work of others, he actually openly and flagrantly denied that those other people had anything to with his success. The man was a hack of the highest order.

Hell, Bob Kane even took credit for Neal Adams, Frank Miller, and Todd McFarlane’s work, calling them his ghosts. As bad as Stan may be, he never took credit for the work of people who came after him.

Do not compare Lee with Kane. Lee did way more than Kane ever did.


April 4, 2014 at 12:25 am

Yeah, comparing Stan Lee to Bob Kane just isn’t fair at all. Kirby was fantastic, don’t get me wrong, but he did not do 100% of the work like Bill Finger practically did on Batman. Lee and Kirby were a team, and both contributed to the success of Marvel comics. The Fourth World series is a good indication of what Kirby is without Lee; great basic ideas, but somewhat flimsy execution (and though Lee’s dialogue was cheesy, Kirby’s could be unbearable).

I don’t mean to belittle what Kirby did, because he deserves all the praise in the world, but not at the expense of everyone else.

This is LITERALLY the first time I’ve ever seen someone say something positive about Bob Kane.

Bill Williamson

April 4, 2014 at 6:05 am

Stan’s really just a scapegoat for the way that Kirby got screwed over. The fact is that Marvel, not Stan, screwed over Kirby and Ditko. Stan had nothing to do with it. At best, Stan could be accused of hogging the spotlight, but the fact is Ditko didn’t/doesn’t want celebrity and Kirby could’ve done a better job of promoting himself. Plus, Stan is always careful to mention how much of a contributing force both Ditko and Kirby were to the success of Marvel’s books. You would’ve never caught Bob Kane saying something like that.

Oh, come on, if Finger and Kirby weren’t smart enough to fight for their stuff, well, sorry!

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