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Stan Lee

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Stan Lee - Writer

You know, none of our characters, none of the characters I created were really based on real people. I've been asked that quite a lot of times. But, it’s… and yet it's impossible to answer any question definitively because, while none of them were based on real people I'm sure that every writer who writes any character… is taking this character from experiences he's had, from people he's known, from other things he's read. Everything we experience is somehow stored in our mind. Even if you have a horrible memory like I do, it's still somewhere in your subconscious. And I'm sure when I write anything at all, if I'm creating a character, in some way it's got to be based on all the things I've seen, and read, and heard, and thought of. But I never specifically say, I'm going to base this character on President Bush, or on Charlie Chaplin or… No. I try to come up with original ones.

[Q] Which character is… would you say is closest to your own character and personality?

Probably the character that's… but not really because he's a scientist and I'm not… but in personality probably Reed Richards in The Fantastic Four, because he talks too much and he tends to get boring after a while but they can't shut him up. And he tries to use big words. Actually I don't know enough big words so I don't have to worry about that too much. But… I don't know. I'd like to think that I'm an amalgam of all of those characters. All of their best features are probably based on me.

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