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Merry Marvel Marching Society


Mad Magazine
Stan Lee Writer
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Mad Magazine was wonderful, and I was friends with most of the people Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman, Al Jaffee, Dave… A lot of them had worked for us, and it was one of the great publications. In fact, I even published a magazine called Snafu, which was my homage to Mad. I wrote it all myself, it was… I thought it was brilliant I must say. And I loved… by the way, I love humor. If I had my preference, I would write nothing but funny stuff. In fact I'm working on a few movies and television bits now that are comedies. To me, writing humor is the greatest thing in the world. But Mad Magazine was just great, and as far as whether it influenced me, it either influenced me or I influenced them. I'm not sure which it was. But I'm sure I was very influenced by it, because their type of humor is my type of humor.

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: Mad Magazine, Snafu, Al Feldstein, Harvey Kurtzman, Al Jaffee

Duration: 1 minute

Date story recorded: April 2006

Date story went live: 24 January 2008