Comic book legend Stan Lee is a mastermind behind some of the greatest superheroes of all time, from Spider-Man to Iron Man to Ant Man
He teamed up with Disney in his latest project to create The Zodiac Legacy: Convergence
, a series of illustrated novels for young readers. He says it’s a modern twist on a super-powered story, packed full of adventure.
“I think what readers will enjoy most is being able to see themselves in the main character, Steven, as he explores his own past and future, and steps into his true, powerful self,” Stan says. He recently shared a few key insights on heroism with Live Happy.
LH: What are the key character strengths of a superhero?
SL: Courage, honesty and something interesting about the superhero to make people want to read about him and care about him. I also like superhero characters to be relatable to everyday people.
LH: Who are your favorite heroes of all time?
SL: My favorite heroes are Spider-Man, Lobo, Daredevil and Iron Man. And if I had to choose a fifth one, that would be me, of course! But really, I love heroes that I can relate to, and these characters have reflected different sides of me at different moments in my life—a small reflection of what it means to be human!
LH: Does everyone have the capacity to be a hero?
SL: Everyone has an inner superhero, because a hero is defined as an ordinary individual who finds the strength to persevere and endure, despite facing overwhelming obstacles.
LH: If you could have one superpower, what would it be?
SL: Luck! Because if you’re lucky, then everything falls into place. Whatever you want to do, you accomplish. I don’t know why anybody has not made a superhero who’s just lucky. Luck would be the greatest power in the world.”