Stan Lee has been released from Cedars Sinai hospital in Los Angeles, and reports that he’s “feeling good.” In an exclusive Skype interview with ABC Los Angeles station KABC last night, the 95-year-old Lee said, “All I really want to do is tell you that I’m feeling great. I’m glad I spent that evening in the hospital….I figured that a little check up wouldn’t be bad for me. And in fact it turned out to be pretty good, it got me a lot of publicity.”
Lee said he expects to resume his normal schedule this weekend. “I just intend to keep doing this as long as I can,” he said. (Watch the interview below).
Lee, the co-creator of Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and countless other iconic comics characters that became film box office gold, was hospitalized Wednesday night for an irregular heart beat.
His hospitalization arrived just as Marvel’s latest box office offering, Black Panther, is set to debut.
Lee’s creations are part of American pop culture, beginning in 1961, when he and artist Jack Kirby launched the Fantastic Four. There followed a Who’s Who of comic heroes, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, Doctor Strange, the Hulk, Thor, and on and on.
Lee had his finger on the pop culture pulse – throwing aside the usual superhero stylings of the time, Lee humanized his characters. They had foibles, insecurities, got angry and often were reckless in their behaviors. They suffered prejudices and scorn, and wondered if they were blessed by their super powers, or cursed.
Such innovations as Spider-Man, the Hulk and many others were unlike anything else in comics, and they grew immensely popular with a young culture that was growing up in an age of rock ‘n roll rebellion.