One of the most well known classes in the communication department is a special topics class taught by Darren Delfish called â€œComic Books Teen Boys Keep Under Their Bedâ€. Â However, this year, the roster is going to start looking a little bit like the inside cover of Delfishâ€™s fantasy X-Men novel because famed American comic book writer and editor Stan Lee will enroll in it.
Lee, who is credited as the co-creator of Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor and X-Men, was an essential part of forming the Marvel Comics universe. He is often considered one of the greatest comic book writers in American history and continues to influence all types of books, films and television shows today.
However, even world famous geniuses need to take a step back to the basics from time to time.
â€œIt really all began with Spider-Man,â€ Lee explains while sipping an iced latte in Einsteinâ€™s, â€œI really had hope for Toby McGuire to do something great. Then I said, â€˜maybe letâ€™s do some musical theater,â€™ and then I decided to go with Andrew Garfield. Â These have all been absolute flops and I really feel that I may need a little brush-up on narrative structure and cultural influences.â€
While Delfish is pleased that students show interest in something he feels very passionate about, he says that he will view Lee as nothing but another student.
â€œStan has been very good about coming to office hours so we can go through some of his work together,â€ Delfish said. â€œThereâ€™s definitely a lot of great potential here, I can tell heâ€™s talented. Heâ€™ll be doing great things once he really starts to refine his skill set more.â€
Lee has been working on many aspects of writing.
â€œWeâ€™ve been having a bit of trouble helping Stan learn correct APA format,â€ Delfish said. â€œIâ€™ve had to dock him some points on a few assignments. Â It mainly seems like Stanâ€™s been slacking the past few years. Â Iâ€™m sure nobodyâ€™s checking the publication date and company on a film set, so weâ€™ve been working together to build up the skills.â€
Lee has taken quickly to the schedule and pace of the comic book class.
â€œI like learning about my own stuff. Itâ€™s the best part because itâ€™s about me,â€ Lee said.