A new exhibit takes a look inside the world of comic book legend Stan Lee. NY1 parenting correspondent Shelley Goldberg sat down with Lee and filed the following report.
Stan Lee is the mastermind and creative force behind legendary comic book heroes such as Spider-Man, Captain America, The Hulk, the X-Men and the Avengers. Now, a new interactive exhibit at Discovery Times Square called "Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N." showcases his world of superheroes, villains, intergalactic travel and cutting-edge technology.
"I am knocked out. They are fantastic. I couldn't have believed that there'd be so much work put into it and so much scientific information," Lee says. "If I were a kid coming to this thing and I saw it, I'd run out saying, 'I want to go to a school and learn science! I want to be a scientist!' It's fantastic. It's fabulous."
In his comic books, Lee created "fantastic" worlds with superheroes with superpowers. So what does he think is the real power behind the timeless popularity of his stories?
"Nothing is more imaginative than, 'What if somebody could travel in time and go back to the past or the future?' or, 'What if,' anything that begins with 'What if,'" Lee says. "Kids love that."
So who were his personal superheroes?
"I wanted to be Errol Flynn. Every time I'd leave the theater when I was about 8 or 10 years old, I would look around for some girl that some bully was picking on so that I could go to her defense," Lee says. "I wanted to be Sherlock Holmes. I read Jules Verne. I read Charles Dickens. I read everything I could get my hands on. I read the Hardy Boys."
Just like the characters he's created, Lee's life journey has truly been "out of this world."
"I've been very lucky because I've been able to make a living doing what I enjoy doing, and that, to me, is fortunate because I never feel as though I'm working. I feel as though I'm playing," Lee says.