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The appeal of comic books


The future of comic books
Stan Lee Writer
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I don't know what the future of comic books is. I… I don't think they'll ever be as big as they were because there's too much competition. I mean, now we have computers and we have videos and we have DVDs and we have video games and there's all these other new things. But I think they'll always be around, ‘cause it's still very pleasant to read a story with drawings, dialogue. You can read it quickly. You can kind of fold the magazine, put it in your back pocket, carry it with you, you can show it to a friend, you can save them, get a collection of them. They're colorful. They're not too expensive. There'll always be comics. And then there's another thing. A lot of the comics now are being published for one reason, hoping that they will serve as a stepping stone to a movie or a television series. We have these comic book conventions here, there's one in San Diego every year. The last one, I think, had an attendant…an attendance of more than 100,000 people, and… I think a great many of them were from movie studios and television networks. They're all coming to see what is the next big thing that we can adapt and make a movie of or a TV show of. So comics are serving now as a wellspring… an area where they provide ideas for movies and other things.

The creative genius of American writer, Stan Lee (1922-2018) brought us 'Spider Man', 'X-Men' and 'The Hulk'. They climbed tall buildings and fought the bad guys, but had normal worries too, about love, acceptance and family. Readers loved them and Marvel Comics, with Lee at the helm, went on to become hugely successful. In 2010 the Stan Lee Foundation was founded to focus on literacy, education and the arts. On January 4, 2011 Lee received the 2428th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Listeners: Leo Bear

Leo Bear is a Hollywood-based features writer. Her background is in news and features writing. Leo spent five years on the entertainment newsdesk at BBC Worldwide before going freelance and moving out to Los Angeles. She specialises in writing lifestyle features, celebrity interviews, health stories and travel features for publications including Eve Magazine, OK! Magazine, Total Film, TV Hits and Conde Nast Gourmet Travel Guide.

Tags: San Diego, Comic-Con International

Duration: 1 minute, 29 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2006

Date story went live: 24 January 2008