For comic book fans, one of the favorite moments of any film based on Marvel Comics characters is the inevitable from the writer who was one of the driving forces behind the rise of the comics publishing house in the 1960s, Stan Lee. But it turns out that he won’t be appearing in one upcoming Marvel film – Guardians Of The Galaxy.
Lee confirmed his absence on a recent installment of the DweebCast podcast.
That’s the one group I didn’t create. I didn’t write Guardians of the Galaxy. I’m not even sure who they all are. I can’t wait to see the movie.
Well, I don’t think that I can blame Lee for bowing out of appearing in a film featuring he didn’t have a hand in creating. The Guardians of the Galaxy were created in 1969 by writer Arnold Drake and artist Gene Colan in 1969 when Lee was serving as the company’s editor. But if I were to point out a technicality, although Lee appeared Captain America: The First Avenger, it was Joe Simon and Jack Kirby who created the character of Captain America back in the 1940s. Granted, it was Lee who brought the character back from obscurity in 1964’s The Avengers #4.
In the meantime, we will just have to content ourselves with Lee’s appearance in April’s Captain America: The Winter Soldier.
Amazing how many people still think Stan Lee was one of the creators of Captain America when he was probably an office boy at the time.
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In fact, “office boy” pretty well describes Stan’s job at Timely in those days: filling ink wells, erasing pencils, getting lunch. His first published work was a filler text story … about Cap.
I seem to remember from Joe Simon’s biography that Lee used to tag along behind Simon and Kirby like an annoying kid.