More Strange Tales - Stan’s Advice RE: the Name Game
Jim Shooter describes showing Stan Lee the 1975 lineup of the 1975 X-Men. Lee:
“This one, I guess, is Colossus.”
“No, this one is Colossus,” I said, pointing. […]
“But this guy looks like he’s made of metal.”
“Yes, but, he’s big, and….”
“Shouldn’t his name have something to do with metal?”
“Nightcrawler,” I said.
“What does he do?”
“A lot of things. He can climb walls like Spider-Man. He turns invisible in shadows. He’s strong and fast and agile. He has a prehensile tail…oh, and he can teleport short distances. With a puff of smoke that smells like sulfur. Bamf.”
“A ‘nightcrawler’ is a worm,” Stan grumbled.
He looked like he had a headache.
The whole exchange is great. I like how it makes Lee seem way more literary than he really is, and how it’s only a decade after his work at Marvel yet it’s already a whole new world. The introduction of the all new X-Men is generally seen as the official end of the silver age, which Lee personally ushered in at Marvel. (via)