When Stan Lee’s Editor Rejected the Spider-Man Idea and Said, “That’s the Worst Idea I’ve Ever Heard Of”

Spider-Man may be breaking records today, but did you know that Stan Lee’s first itch was dismissed? (Photo credit – Instagram)

Spider-Man is one of the most popular superheroes in the world and that’s reflected in the box office numbers of Spider-Man: No Way Home. While we all know he was created by Marvel legend Stan Lee, did you know he was voted down when he first pitched the character to his boss at Marvel? Well, as today is the comic book author’s birthday, we decided to tell you everything.

Spider-Man first appeared in the anthology comic Amazing Fantasy #15 (August 1962) in the Silver Age of Comic Books. Spider-Man’s solo comic, The Amazing Spider-Man, was released in 1963. It was followed by several series and eventually became Marvel’s best-selling series. Read on for the full story of how he grew from a shunned superhero to one of today’s most beloved.

As reported by cheatsheet, in a 2000 interview with Larry King, the late Stan Lee revealed how he developed the concept of Spider-Man. The Marvel comics writer said: “I saw a fly crawling up the wall and said, ‘Wow, suppose a person had the power to stick to a wall like a bug. “”

Stan Lee added “So I was running and I thought, ‘What do I call it? I tried Mosquito Man, but it had no glamour. Insect Man was even worse. I followed the line and came to Spider-Man. It seemed mysterious and dramatic, and lo and behold, a legend was born.

In the same article, the portal also noted that Stan Lee talked about the rejection of Spider-Man during his first presentation. Stating that when he first pitched the idea, Marvel editor Martin Goodman shot it down, he said, “I walked in and said I had an idea for Spider -Man, a book called Spider-Man, about a teenager who has a lot of problems. He added, “This time Martin wouldn’t come with me.”

Justifying his answer, Stan added that Goodman suggested the idea of ​​a teenage superhero would put readers off. While promoting his graphic novel memoir, Amazing, Fantastic, Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir, Stan Lee told BBC Radio 4 in an interview: “My editor said, in his ultimate wisdom, ‘Stan is the worst idea I have ever heard.” He continued: “‘First of all, people hate spiders, so you can’t call a book Spider-Man. Second, he can’t be a teenager – teenagers can only be sidekicks. And third, he can’t have personal issues if he’s supposed to be a superhero – don’t you know who a superhero is?

But that didn’t stop Stan Lee. When Marvel’s Martin Goodman shot down the idea of ​​Spider-Man a year later after collaborating with artist Steve Ditko, Lee introduced the hero in one of the final issues of Amazing Fantasy. He told the Television Academy: “We had a book that we were going to kill. When you drop a book, nobody cares what you put in the last issue because you kill it. So just to get it out of my system, I put Spider-Man in it and featured him on the cover.

Revealing that when the comic went on sale and Goodman realized Spider-Man was a hit, Lee said, “When the sales numbers came in, Martin came running into my office and said, ‘ Stan, remember your character, Spider-Man, that we both loved so much? Why not make it a series? I will never forget that.”

Just recently, the third Spider-Man movie starring Tom Holland hit theaters. Before him, actors like Andrew Garfield and Tobey Maguire also played the web hero in three action films each.

Happy Birthday Stan Lee, our world would be incomplete if it weren’t for these amazing superheroes you gave us.

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