Spider-Man Artist John Romita Sr. on Working with Stan Lee | SYFY WIRE

WATCH: John Romita Sr. on replacing Steve Ditko and how Stan Lee saved comics

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Sep 3, 2019, 7:13 AM EDT (Updated)

Originally published on July 5, 2017.

John Romita's status as a living legend in the comics industry is inarguable. He's the guy who defined Spider-Man for several generations of fans. But if you ask him about when he first got the job, he was scared out of his wits. Having to follow the formidable lead of Steve Ditko as artist on The Amazing Spider-Man, Romita recalls being unsure and uncertain.

During an extensive interview with Syfy Wire, Romita revisits those early days when he took over with issue #39. He also shares the words Stan Lee told him that eventually set him off on his own distinctive path, which would lead to his significant contributions in turning Spidey into Marvel's most popular character.

For years, Romita was Lee's right-hand man at Marvel. He served as art director for years, and Lee would rely on him for everything from last-minute covers to character design (he helped design iconic heroes such as Wolverine, The Punisher and Luke Cage). It's no secret Lee is a polarizing figure in the comics world, with some saying he took too much of the credit for the creation of many of Marvel's most famous characters. But Romita did point out that Lee's genius was in devising the Marvel Method of storytelling. By letting the artist have a larger hand in plotting the stories, it changed the nature of comics.

Watch the clip below and then hit the comments to tell us what you think.

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