Most Read: Entertainment

Trove link goes here

Going Out Guide

GOG Blog

Alcohol delivery? Ultra hopes you’ll drink to that.

Alcohol delivery? Ultra hopes you’ll drink to that.

Ultra promises to drop off your desired beer, wine or spirits within an hour of ordering.

Tonight’s Nightlife Agenda: Stone happy hour and Jesse Boykins III

Tonight’s Nightlife Agenda: Stone happy hour and Jesse Boykins III

Looking for something to do tonight? Try delicious $4 beers and the new sound of soul.

Best Bets

More Best Bets

Recently Reviewed Restaurants

More Recently Reviewed Restaurants

Comic Riffs
E-mail Michael |  On Twitter Twitter: Comic Riffs |  On Facebook Facebook: Comic Riffs |  RSS RSS
Posted at 12:19 AM ET, 07/03/2012

THE AMAZING ‘SPIDER-MAN’: Stan Lee’s Top 10 Quotes About his Web-Slinging Co-Creation

IN RECENT YEARS, Comic Riffs has enjoyed a handful of occasions to talk Spider-Man with his co-creator, Marvel mastermind Stan Lee.


(Reed Saxon / AP)
As Spidey has turned 50 this year, Lee — who created the webslinger with the great Steve Ditko — has reflected on what it means to have a character remain so popular in the public consciousness. Lee has also commented on casting decisions, directors’ choices — and the paternal feeling he has for Peter Parker.

So today, as Marc Webb’s “The Amazing Spider-Man” swings into theaters, Comic Riffs collects — from our interviews — our 10 Favorite Spider-Man Quotes as Shared by Stan Lee Himself:


SUSPENSION OF DISBELIEF: Stan Lee s suspended in 2009 at the "Scream Awards" in Los Angeles. (Chris Pizzello / AP)

.

1.

“I never realized that Spider-Man would be around for a half-century. I didn’t think he would till I started getting invited to lecture at colleges, and interviewers asked me about Spider-Man. And once he began to appear on radio and on television, I didn’t need a house to fall on me.”

— LEE, on the character’s burgeoning popularity in the ‘60s

2.

“The one thing I liked about Peter’s [mechanized] web-shooters was the fact that they made him more vulnerable. At any crucial moment he could run out of web fluid and be forced to rely on his wits.”

— On why he co-created Spidey with limited monofilament (the new film is true to that choice)

On the other hand...

3.

“The organic webs which Sam Raimi gave him — and which Jim Cameron also would have given him had he directed the first Spidey film — certainly worked beautifully in the movie, and perhaps allowed for better special effects than my idea of limited webbing might have done.”

4.

“Does the sun set in the West?”

— LEE (in early 2009), on whether we would ever finally see that fourth Spider-Man film

5.

“Tobey Maguire was wonderful. The minute I heard he was in it [during casting], I thought it was a wonderful choice — he wasn't the obvious choice, and that's what made it so good.”

— On the casting for the first three “Spider-Man” films

And now...

6.

“I’ve met [Andrew Garfield] and I think he is terrific. Whoever cast him should get a medal. The funny thing is, he and Tobey are totally different and yet both were perfect for Peter Parker. They have that Everyguy quality.”

— On Maguire’s cinematic successor

7.

“They’d better get it right!”

— LEE’s sort-of-mock threat (in late 2010) to the producers of the then-troubled Broadway musical, “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark.”

8.

“The idea I had, the underlying theme, was that just because somebody is different doesn’t make them better. ... That seems to be the worst thing in human nature: We tend to dislike people who are different than we are.”

— On creating Peter Parker/Spider-Man as an troubled Outsider.

9.

“For a long time, there was no personal involvement with some of the super­heroes. I’d read books and Dickens always had interesting characters. Mark Twain had interesting characters — so did Edgar Rice Burroughs, and Arthur Conan Doyle, who created the greatest fictional character of all in Sherlock Holmes. I wanted to write the kind of dialogue that would give the character personality.”

— On creating Peter Parker with depth

10.

“Me, with a bigger cameo.”

— LEE, on what he would like to see next in the "Spider-Man" films

By  |  12:19 AM ET, 07/03/2012

Tags:  spider-man, stan lee

 
Read what others are saying
     

    © 2011 The Washington Post Company