Earlier this week, the comic book industry lost one of its legends when Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95. Lee’s contributions to the medium were immense, as he played a role in the creation of the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, Silver Surfer, Hulk, and so many others. Spider-Man was perhaps his most well-known creation, which he accomplished alongside Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby. Within Lee and Ditko’s stories, fans gravitated towards Peter Parker, Spidey’s all-too relatable alter ego. They made him into a hero who captured the collective imagination of fans.
In 2000, writer Brian Michael Bendis and artist Mark Bagley were tasked with providing Marvel with a modern take on Lee and Ditko’s Spider-Man. The result was Ultimate Spider-Man, a long-running series that re-envisioned Peter, Mary Jane, and the rest of the classic characters. Bendis quickly established himself as one of the most prolific Spider-Man writers of his generation. He even earned a few comparisons to Lee himself.
While speaking to SYFY WIRE in a previous interview, Bendis shared the story of his first meeting with Lee. They had both been summoned to watch an early cut of Sam Raimi’s first Spider-Man movie before it was released in 2002. But according to Bendis, he had a hard time keeping his focus on the film.
“I couldn’t keep my eyes off of Stan,” recalled Bendis. “Because I’m aware ... that he waited his whole life for technology to catch up to their imagination.”
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