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Episode 25: Extraordinary: Stan Lee Red Carpet
I was a fan of Stan Lee before I was aware of who Stan Lee was.
Like many others of my age, my first introduction to anything Marvel was the appearance of Spider-Man in The Electric Company. However, I graduated to reading the comic strip that appeared in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. I still remember how floored I was when he told MJ his secret identity: that just wasn’t something that was done in superhero stories.
However, while I was aware of him as a creator, I never got too into comics for a variety of reasons. So, it wasn’t really until the Marvel Cinematic Universe got going that I started realizing just how much of an impact Lee had on the industry.
On August 22, in partnership with the online fundraising platform Omaze and Make-a-Wish, there was a live tribute to him. Hosted by Chris Hardwick, Extraordinary: Stan Lee boasted a wide range of celebrities coming out to honor the creator.
I managed to get on the red carpet and get some interviews down with some of them.
Basic show notes:
- Running time is 51 minutes and 45 seconds.
- The main interviews were recorded on August 22, 2017.
- I was sharing the red carpet space with one of the ladies from Legion of Leia.
- The audio of Stan Lee saying “Excelsior” is from this behind the scenes video from the Verticus mobile game.
- I managed to interview the following:
- Marv Wolfman, comic book writer;
- the Screen Junkies / Honest Trailers crew Dan Murrell, Joe Starr, & Andy Signore;
- Jon Schnepp and Holly Payne, directors of the documentary The Death of Superman Lives; What Happened?
- Michael Uslan, the producer of all the Batman movies and author of The Boy Who Loved Batman;
- Michael Rooker, there for the Guardians of the Galaxy movies;
- Peter Shinkoda, Nobu in Marvel’s Daredevil;
- Pom Klementieff, Mantis in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (and soon to be 3 as well as Avengers: Infinity War);
- Lou Ferrigno, the original Incredible Hulk;
- Todd McFarlane, comic writer and McFarlane Toys; and
- Hal Sparks, actor and all around nice guy.
- For more information about Stan Lee, visit his official website.
- Mid-show plug is from Sanjay Nambiar, the writer (and founder) of the Super Amazing Princess Heroes, who I had interviewed in episode 24 at the LA Festival of Books.
- Theme music is “Schoolyard Haze”, by Jari Pitkanen, available via the Free Music Archive.
- This podcast is released under a Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share-Alike License.
- Interested in hearing other episodes of G33K Out? Check them out here.
And now, it’s time to geek out.