and comic book legend Stan Lee arrives in Australia
for Supanova Pop Culture Expo, By Chris Hook - 13
Century Fox Sydney
Lee fan Allan (left) presents the man himself with
a green and gold shield similar to that of Captain
America. Picture: John Grainger Source: News Corp
WHILE a Captain Australia franchise probably isnt
on the cards, that didnt stop some Aussie fans
presenting comic book legend Stan Lee with a green
and gold shield in Sydney today.
arrived at Sydney Airport to be greeted by diehard
fans who presented the former Marvel Comics president
with a Captain America shield replica styled in Aussie
green and gold as opposed to the traditional US red
is in town to speak of his numerous comic book creations
at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo.
Lee leaves Sydeny Airport this morning. Picture: John
Grainger Source: News Corp Australia
The talented creator was once classified as a playwright
by the United States army during World War II.
status put Lee in some pretty fine company along side
the likes of Dr Seuss (Theodore Geisel) and Frank
was the token nobody and I did most of the work because
the others were resting on their laurels, the
91-year-old Stan Lee recalls with a chuckle. I
had to find a way to rewrite (training manuals) so
it was all simple and they could be understood quickly,
so it wouldnt take too long to train the troops.
America fronts The Avengers in a Marvel creation that
brought many of it superheroes together under one
title. Source: Supplied
By the time he joined the army, Lee born Stanley
Martin Lieber had already made his comic debut,
writing some text for an early Captain America adventure.
had soon proved precocious enough to be made the editor
of the comic book company that would, in the early
1960s, become Marvel Comics. But it wasnt for
his editorial administration that Lee became a pop
culture giant. It was for his creative enterprises.
public adored the heroes of rival company DC Comics
characters such as Superman, Batman and The Flash
(and many others) but Lee had a brilliant idea.
Garfield in The Amazing Spider-Man, one of Stan Lees
most popular creations. Source: Supplied
The DC superheros were flawless alpha males, so he
made his characters into fragile humans lugging a
heap of emotional baggage. Which made the likes of
Lees 1961 creation Spider-Man very relatable
to a male teenage fanbase.
thought I would make him a teenager too, because up
until then teenagers had only been sidekicks, and
I thought, for fun lets make him the real
hero, instead of just being the sidekick and
then I thought Id give him some personal problems
because superheros didnt have personal problems
in those days.
Hemsworth plays Thor, another co-creation of Stan
Lee. Picture: AP Source: AP
I figured all that would make him very different,
so hell either be a bomb or a big hit. I took
a gamble and luckily enough, he did well.
suite of superheroes such as Thor, The Fantastic Four,
X-Men, Hulk and others saw the company take off under
Lees creative stewardship and these days its
a multi-billion-dollar behemoth owned by Walt Disney
and spawning movies and TV shows.
past six months have seen Spider-Man, Captain America,
Thor and X-Men movies, while the TV drama Marvel:
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. rates well.
Agents of S.H. I. E. L. D is just the latest franchise
to spring from the Marvel universe. Source: Supplied
And Lee is in town this week to talk about all of
this for the Supanova Pop Culture Expo, which begins
a full card, with other pop culture luminaries including
Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. star Ming Na-Wen, Torchwood
and Arrow star John Barrowman with fellow Arrow performers
Manu Bennett and Katie Cassidy, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau
(aka Jaime Lannister in Game Of Thrones) and many
more pop-culture performers and creators of all kinds
including writers, artists and filmmakers.
Jackmans character Wolverine was co-created
by Stan Lee during his time at Marvel. Picture: Supplied
And while Lee might have met his fans by the thousands
over the years, he never gets sick of it.
many grown-up people have said to me they felt very
much like Peter Parker (Spider-Man) when they were
young and they read the stories and it made them feel
better that despite all his problems he still managed
to win in the end and they felt that maybe they could
too, Lee says.
always touches me when somebody says something like
that to me.
Pop Culture Expo, Sydney Showground, Sydney Olympic
Park; Friday June 13-Sunday June 15, weekend pass
$62.50, day pass $27.50, various other passes available,
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