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'The Avengers' Stan Lee: 'I was embarrassed about writing comics'

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Stan Lee has revealed that he was once embarrassed to admit he writes comics for a living.

The Spider-Man co-creator told NJ.com that the medium was the "lowest rung on the cultural totem pole" before Marvel Comics asserted itself as a major player on the world stage.

"In the beginning, comics were the lowest rung on the cultural totem pole. I'd go to a party and people would say 'What do you do?' 'Um, uh, I'm a writer' and I'd try to walk away. And the guy would follow. 'What do you write?' 'Oh, er, stories for kids'. Well finally he'd pin me down and I'd say, 'Okay, I write comic books' - and boy, he couldn't get away fast enough," he said.

"Now, though, I walk into a party and someone sees me and they say, 'Sorry, excuse me a minute, President Obama, I have to go over and say hello to Stan Lee'. Well, OK - slight exaggeration on my part."

Lee had a hand in the creation of some of the publisher's best known properties, including Fantastic Four, Hulk, Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man and X-Men.

The former Marvel president can be seen making a cameo appearance in The Avengers movie, which debuted in UK cinemas this week.

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