How to Create an Iconic Superhero

Like a comic-book finishing school, Stan Lee’s new book, How to Draw Superheroes will help get those brilliant superhero creations out of your mind and onto the page. Brilliant news for five-year-old you, then.

Considering he’s created legendary heroes from Spider-Man to the X-Men, you could do worse than mimicking Lee’s tools and techniques. Even better, he’s nabbed Comic-Con superstars like Jack Kirby and Alex Ross to dispense further wisdom.

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Far from a superficial summary, Lee dishes out lessons on building proper nuance into your super-universe: because it's the sidekicks, hideouts and utility belts that separate the super-boys and the super-men.

Should your newfound hobby attract any detractors (!), we heartily recommend a gentle reminder that Spider-Man is a billion-dollar franchise. Now - back to brainstorming those catchphrases.

Stan Lee's How to Draw Superheroes is out now (£17.99).