DiCaprio keen to portray Stan Lee in biopic

Modesto Morganelli
Settembre 13, 2017

The X-Men, one of the most popular teams in comic book history, nearly went by a different name, according to Stan Lee. If not for Lee's publisher, the comic book series would have been titled The Mutants.

Lee teamed up with legendary comic artist Jack Kirby on the X-Men, which debuted with The X-Men #1 in 1963. The original group consisted of five young mutants: Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Ice-Man, and Marvel Girl (Jean Grey). As the team expanded to include characters such as Wolverine, Storm, Nightcrawler and Colossus, the X-Men's popularity soared. If nobody would know what a mutant is how will anybody know what an X-Man is? But he had okayed the name and I used it. "He's a neighbor of mine and we were talking one day some months ago, and he said, 'Boy it'd be fun to do your story on the screen.' So I said, 'Well, I'll audition you.' Gotta make sure the guy can do it".

Of course, Goodman was a hugely important figure in the history of Marvel Comics. He founded Timely Comics in 1939, which was rebranded as Marvel in 1961. He remained the publisher until 1972, when he was replaced by his son.

In 1975, glam rock lord Marc Bolan was hosting the occasional interview on BBC radio program Today - a job that fortuitously led to him chatting to one of his idols: Stan Lee.

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