The X-Men, one of the most popular teams in comic book history, nearly went by a different name, according to Stan Lee.
Lee also added that DiCaprio "has all the walls covered with big Marvel posters and everything". "And [Goodman] said, 'You can't call them The Mutants.' And I said, 'Why not?' He said, 'Our readers, they aren't that smart.' He had no respect for comic book readers. He's got very good taste", Lee said. If nobody would know what a mutant is how will anybody know what an X-Man is?
Of course, Goodman was a hugely important figure in the history of Marvel Comics.
Created by the legendary duo of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the X-Men debuted on September 10, 1963 in the pages of their own title, The X-Men #1. Goodman founded Timely Comics in 1939, and re-branded it as Marvel Comics in 1961. The original group consisted of five young mutants: Cyclops, Beast, Angel, Ice-Man, and Marvel Girl (Jean Grey). Goodman remained the publisher until 1972 when he was replaced by his son, Chip. In subsequent years, the team became a huge part of the Marvel universe and expanded with characters like Wolverine, Storm, and Nightcrawler.
In 1975, glam rock lord Marc Bolan was hosting the occasional interview on BBC radio program Today - a job that fortuitously led to him chatting to one of his idols: Stan Lee.