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Kevin Smith & Stan Lee

Apr. 12, 2002by: Mike Sampson

If you like comics and you're a fan of Kevin Smith, you'll no doubt be excited about the new DVD Columbia/Tri-Star is releasing on May 14th. STAN LEE'S MUTANTS, MONSTERS AND MARVELS is a straight-to-video documentary about Stan Lee and his most famous creations - Spider-Man (the movie of which, also from Columbia, comes out a week prior), Daredevil, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four and X-Men - hosted by Kevin Smith. Here's an excerpt from the press release which explains more about the disc:

With remarkable detail and good humor, Lee divulges his storied past in two separate features on the DVD: "Creating Spider-Man" and "Here Come the Heroes." In "Creating Spider-Man," Lee gives a definitive set of answers to Smith's questions about Spider-Man, who may be Lee's most famous creation. With complete candor, Lee discusses the creator-credit controversy between him and artist Steve Ditko; Peter Parker's role as a new kind of hero - a kid with real problems to whom readers could relate; Spidey's arch-villains and true loves; and Columbia Pictures' hotly anticipated SPIDER-MAN movie.

In the program's second feature, "Here Come the Heroes," Lee traces his own personal history and the beginnings of his 60-plus years in the business. The DVD version of STAN LEE'S MUTANTS, MONSTERS & MARVELS is loaded with extras. In addition to cast and crew biographies and a behind-the-scenes featurette, the disc includes an exclusive interview with Lee's wife, Joan; rare home movies from Lee's personal archives; details about the never-released Fantastic Four movie; an original poem, "God Woke," read by Lee; and many surprises for avid DVD fans. Also included is a one-of-a-kind tour of Lee's magnificent Hollywood home, in which Lee points out some of the Spider-Man memorabilia he has accumulated through the years.

For those who will hark back to the days of yesteryear, Stan Lee had a small role in Smith's second film MALLRATS where he answered Jason Lee's questions about the anatomy of The Fantastic Four. The DVD will retail at a mere $24.95.

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