In conjunction with The Amazing Spider-Man’s release this week, legendary comic book writer Stan Lee speaks to Web of Stories about writing Peter Parker as a self-doubting, regular-guy hero “riddled with neuroses”:

Please explain what just happened.

I just opened this Word file and started answering these questions.

What is your earliest memory?

Going to the toy store with my grandmother. We were poor so I couldn’t actually get anything, but man, I could play with the toys for hours.My granny was very patient with me.

If you weren’t a comic book artist what other profession would you choose?

If I wasn’t a comic book creator I would be a panhandler.  I don’t think I’m equipped to do anything else.

I will list some comics that I like and then write descriptions of them in the style of 9th grade AP American History definition lists.

Clumsy by Jeffrey Brown – It is about a person in his second relationship of his life with another person, a girl. The person is in his mid-20s. It shows many scenes from their relationship, not in order. In the last scene the person is happy. In the second-to-last it shows the person crying on the phone and then it shows the person crying alone sitting on his bed. I cried a little standing in the subway station when I finished reading this.