In The Stan Lee Story, Roy Thomas offers his readers Stan Lee’s own account of the turning point of his comic book career in the early 1960s.
Lee said: “Well, I had been in the business for a million years and I was ready to quit because I didn’t like the stuff we were publishing.
“I didn’t like the stories I was writing because my boss, the publisher, said to me, ‘Stan, just give me a lot of action and a lot of fight scenes, that’s all the readers want.’
“And I said, ‘How about concentrating on story?’ ‘Forget the story, put a lot of fight scenes on every page.’
“Well, I wanted to get paid, so I did it, but after a while, I got sick of it and I said to my wife, ‘I’m going to quit.’ And she said to me the wisest words since the Ten Commandments. She said, ‘Why don’t you write one the way you want to write it? You’re going to quit anyway, so if he fires you, who cares? But get it out of your system.’ And that’s when we did… The Fantastic Four.”
Source/ Full article: BBC Arts