I never got into comic books. I liked Stan Lee’s persona. But I had one Stan Lee inspired creation I truly enjoyed, and that was “The Incredible Hulk” TV series. It was plausible. Stan Lee’s summary speaks for me:
PLUME: What do you think was the most successful adaptation?
LEE: The Hulk…on TV.
PLUME: Why was that?
LEE: The Hulk was done intelligently. It was done by Ken Johnson, who’s a brilliant writer/producer/director, and he made it an intelligent, adult show that kids could enjoy. He took a comic book character and made him somewhat plausible. Women liked it and men liked it and teenagers liked it… It was beautifully done. He changed it quite a bit from the comic book, but every change he made made sense. In the comics, the Hulk talked he’d go, “Me Hulk! Me smash! Hulk kill!” That type of thing. Well, that would have been corny as hell on the screen. He left that out… He didn’t have the Hulk talk at all. He made Bill Bixby &#Array; playing Bruce Banner the star. If you remember the Hulk series, you only really saw the Hulk for about 5 minutes in an hour show. You saw him for about 2 minutes in the beginning and about 2 minutes towards the end. The rest of it was Bill Bixby. It was like The Fugitive. It was a real, great, suspenseful, adult show with enough of the Hulk to please the young kids.