NPR currently has an interesting little interview online for your listening pleasure. It’s mostly your standard fare, hyping Lee’s stature as a creator, talking about the Marvel Universe’s early days, but I thought this was an odd atatement by the interviewer: “Peter Parker had…dandruff. He cried.” Good old Stan doesn’t blink, though, so maybe I’m just not remembering the issue where Peter had to fight off the hordes of snow monsters living in his hair.
Stan does seem to be in an odd mood during the interview though. At one point, describes how he wakes up in the morning in a somewhat melancholy tone.
“…What do I think I can sell today? If nobody is looking for a story, and I have no reason to write a story, I would reallly much rather do anything else because it’s no fun writing stories, particularly. Not for me. I just do it in order to sell ‘em and make a couple of bucks.”
This throws the interviewer who tries her best to bring the mood back up, asking if Lee really has to work or if there’s still a level of joy he gets from it. Stan seems to snap out of it and back-pedals with “It’s fun to stay in the game.”