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ALTER EGO #74 (100 pages, $6.95) is our STAN LEE Special—an issue dedicated to “The Man” on his 85th birthday—and he’s still going strong! Behind a powerhouse cover by JACK KIRBY, it features classic (and virtually unseen) interviews with Stan—lots of tributes—and tons of rare and even unseen art by the likes of KIRBY, ROMITA, the brothers BUSCEMA, DITKO, COLAN, HECK, AYERS, MANEELY, SHORES, EVERETT, BURGOS, KANE, the SEVERIN siblings—plus other bonus features! Also, there’s P.C. Hamerlinck’s FCA (Fawcett Collectors of America) with Marc Swayze, C.C. Beck, and others, Michael T. Gilbert and Mr. Monster’s Comic Crypt, and more! Edited by Roy Thomas.

Text of Alter Ego #74

  • Well, If Weve Really Gotta Drop A Few More NamesTo Hook You, How About

    KIRBY! DITKO! ROMITA! BUSCEMA! COLAN! HECK! AYERS! KANE! SEVERIN! TRIMPE!TUSKA! WOOD! MANEELY! SHORES! EVERETT! BURGOS! (There! That Oughtta Hold Ya!)

    $6.95In the USA

    No. 74December

    2007

    Characters TM & 2007 Marvel Characters, Inc.

    Well, If Weve Really Gotta Drop A Few More NamesTo Hook You, How About

    KIRBY! DITKO! ROMITA! BUSCEMA! COLAN! HECK! AYERS! KANE! SEVERIN! TRIMPE!TUSKA! WOOD! MANEELY! SHORES! EVERETT! BURGOS! (There! That Oughtta Hold Ya!)

    Nuff Said?

    STANLEESTANLEE

    PLUS:

    Roy Thomas STANdardComics Fanzine

  • Alter EgoTM is published 8 times a year by TwoMorrows, 10407 Bedfordtown Drive, Raleigh, NC 27614, USA. Phone: (919) 449-0344. Roy Thomas, Editor. John Morrow, Publisher. Alter Ego Editorial Offices: 32 Bluebird Trail, St. Matthews, SC 29135, USA. Fax: (803) 826-6501; e-mail: roydann@ntinet.com. Send subscription funds to TwoMorrows, NOT to the editorial offices. Single issues: $9 US ($11.00 Canada, $16 elsewhere). Twelve-issue subscriptions: $78 US, $132 Canada, $180 elsewhere. All charactersare their respective companies. All material their creators unless otherwise noted. All editorial matter Roy Thomas. Alter Ego is a TM of Roy & Dann Thomas. FCA is a TM of P.C. Hamerlinck. Printed in Canada. ISSN: 1932-6890

    FIRST PRINTING.

    Writer/Editorial: Hes The Man!. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2Stan Lee Meets [Castle Of] Frankenstein . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5Ted White introduces his important 1968 interview with Marvels head honcho.

    The New Super-Hero (Is A Pretty Kinky Guy) . . . . . . . . . . . 161968 Lee interview from the pages of Eye Magazine, conducted by Norman Mark.

    Stan Lee, The Marvel Bard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26A 1970 talkSmiling Stan and marveling Mike Bourne.

    Stan Lee: 1974. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 36Jay Maeders classic conversation with Marvels master from Comics Feature.

    Marvel Characters Meet Their Maker! . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 47The comic book cameos of Stan Lee, compiled by Jerry K. Boyd.

    Mr. Monsters Comic Crypt! Twice-Told Marvel Heroes(Part Two) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 55Michael T. Gilbert and Will Murray on the pre-Marvel Iron Man and Thor.

    Once [Stan Lee] Put Me On Staff... . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 65Jim Amash talks to Golden Age artist Pete Tumlinson.

    FCA (Fawcett Collectors Of America) #133 . . . . . . . . . . . . . 73Marc Swayzes Judi of the Jungle & John G. Pierce on Captain Marvels Christmas.

    On Our Cover: There simply was no other choice for the cover artist of this issue celebratingStan Lees 85th birthday! Jack Kirby was Marvels major artist (and artistic influence) fromFantastic Four #1 in 1961 until he split in 1970and he was vitally important to Marvel bothin 1940-41 and when he returned in the mid-70s, to boot! This art was prepared on behalf ofToys for Tots, a charity Marvel supported every Christmas season for some years. With thanksto John Morrow and the Jack & Roz Kirby Estate. [2007 Marvel Characters, Inc.]

    Above: The legacy of Lee and Kirby was alive and well in the 1970s and early 80s, which isprobably when Marvel artist Ron Wilson penciled this powerful drawingquite possibly for aMarvel-UK cover. Sorry a bit of it was missing from our photocopy, but we still think its great!Thanks to Anthony Snyder. [The Thing & Absorbing Man TM & 2007 Marvel Characters, Inc.]

    Vol. 3, No. 74 / December 2007EditorRoy Thomas

    Associate EditorsBill SchellyJim Amash

    Design & LayoutChristopher Day

    Consulting EditorJohn Morrow

    FCA EditorP.C. Hamerlinck

    Comic Crypt EditorMichael T. Gilbert

    Editorial Honor RollJerry G. Bails (founder)Ronn Foss, Biljo WhiteMike Friedrich

    Production AssistantChris Irving

    Circulation DirectorBob Brodsky, CookieSoup Periodical Distribution, LLC

    Cover ArtistJack Kirby

    Cover ColoristTom Ziuko

    With Special Thanks to:Gerry AcernoHeidi AmashGer ApeldoornDick AyersBob BaileyAllen BellmanJon BerkAl BigleyDominic BongoMike BourneJerry K. BoydSusan BurgosMike BurkeyLeslie CabargaNigel CartwellGene ColanRich DonnellyDanny FingerothShane FoleyRon FrenzChris FrickeJanet GilbertRon GoulartMike GrellArnie GrievesJennifer HamerlinckDavid G. HamiltonRichard HowellGeof IsherwoodJay KinneyThe Jack Kirby

    EstateRobert KleinDavid Anthony KraftStan & Joan

    & Joan Cecilia LeeDominique LonardJay Maeder

    Michel MaillotNancy ManeelyDon MangusMike ManleyNorman MarkJim McLauchlinDr. Jeff McLaughlinJean-Yves MittonBrian K. MorrisFrank MotlerWill MurraySteve OgdenBarry PearlJohn G. PierceRubn ProcopioRichard PryorJohn RomitaMarie SeverinJoe SimonJoe SinnottPaul SmithAnthony SnyderFrank SpringerMarc SwayzeStan TaylorGreg TheakstonArt ThibertDann ThomasHerb TrimpePete TumlinsonGeorge TuskaJim Vadeboncoeur, Jr.Dr. Michael J.

    VassalloMike WellmanTed WhiteMike Zeck

    Stan Lees 85th Birthday Special!

    Contents

  • oud think that, for me, a guy whos worked for him and/or withhim for much of the past four decades, putting together an 85th-birthday tribute to Stan Lee would be as easy as falling of a log.

    Wrong, Inedible Bulk-breath!

    I have every bit as much of a problem doing a Stan Lee issue of amagazine as any other editor might, and for the same reason: Stan hasbeen endlessly interviewed over the past several decadesand he tendsto answer the same questions with similar words andphrases. (And how could he not? Unless youremaking up new facts as you go along, there areonly so many ways you can spin what is basicallythe same story. Its really the fault of the inter-viewers, who keep asking the same questionsover and overbut, of course, for the most parttheyre merely asking the queries they feel theirreaders will want to know the answers to. Itsonly us jaded experts on things comic-bookyand that includes a goodlypercentage of those reading these wordswho sigh and say to ourselves, Weveheard all this before!)

    Ill admitfor just a little whilethere, I dared hope I might be able to geta fresh new interview out of Stan. Afterall, a number of folks had told me they felt Idbeen able to elicit some previously unknowninformation when we had the conversationrecorded in Jon B. Cookes Comic Book Artist(Vol. 1) #2 way back at the turn of this century. ButId pretty much shot my wad on that oneso mynew idea (well, actually, it was A/E associate editor JimAmashs notion) was to do a Stan Lee interview thatwasnt about Stan Lee. I would ask him about all thewriters and artists and editors and such-like thathes worked with over the years, and see if Icould mine a few anecdotal nuggets that way.Sure, Stans memory is famously just this side of amental sieve, but with a bit of nudging, I mighthave been able to come up with a few rawdiamonds.

    Stan, however, just didnt feel he coulddevote time or energy to such a project,either over the phone or via e-mail. Sothat was that.

    Somewhere along the line, Ialso learned that ourTwoMorrows sister publicationWrite Now! was going to do itsown Stan Lee issue, in honor ofthat selfsame 85th birthdaywhich fallson Dec. 28, 2007, just forthe record. Now, youdthink that would seem likecompetitionbut, in pointof fact, it was a welcomerelief! Editor DannyFingeroth had already

    planned to get tributes from the usual suspects (and probably a fewunexpected folks, as well) the John Romitas and Joe Quesadas of theworld and to print a lot of rare stuff from the Stan Lee Archives,now safely stored at the University of Wyoming. So I decided toconcentrate on a handful of previously published (but still hopefullyrare) interviews with the Smiling One, and add a few anecdotes where Icould in the captions.

    Now, right before you plunge into Interview-Land (whoselandscape will be lovingly littered, of course, with exciting and oftenrare artwork by the greats and near-greats of Timely, Atlas, and

    Marvel), heres a short piece which I myself wrote in 1968, aboutthree years after I came to work for Stan. It was scribbled hurriedly(overnight, I seem to recall) for the program book of the SCARP-Con convention and I felt thrilled and honored to be the guyasked to write it. Its called, logically enough:

    Stan Leeby Roy Thomas

    What is a Stan Lee?

    Many things not a few of themparadoxical, if not downright contra-

    dictory.

    An editor much given to belit-tling his own editing skills... but who can deftly improve a

    Shakespearian turn-of-phrasewritten by an ex-English instructor,

    a couple of sometime journalists,and an experienced movie scripter

    among others.

    A writer who has long since disavowedany attempt to impose his special writing styleon others but whose style is so strong that itgenerally does its own imposing.

    A bearded non-hippie who has beenlauded by conservative publications for hisfirm anti-radical bias and who has beentoasted by more liberal scribes for his NewLeft leanings.

    A dynamo of energy who doesnt mindtaking a short vacation trip as long as itsby train, so that he can write a few extrapages of Spider-Man en route.

    A self-declared non-artist whoseability to draw even a straight linehas been hotly debated but who

    can use a few scribbledscrawls to show an artistsomething he should haveseen in the first place.

    A devoted husband andfather who nonethelessmanages to turn out more

    Hes The Man!2 writer/editorial

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    Stan Lee Finds New Career As Maskot!Believe ittherell be plenty of photos of Smiley in this issue! First, though, we decidedwith the help of artist Stan Foleyto draft Our Fearless Leader into dut