I never understood the Stan hate. Although I haven't studied him for years like some people appear to have, in the few interviews I've seen with him, he always appears very professional and gracious. He bestows a tremendous amount of credit upon the creative staff around him, especially Jack Kirby. He even downplays his own work at times and makes a lot of self defamation jokes. Just one example, when Kevin Smith asked him about how he came up with the idea of mutants, and how they fit into the civil rights movement at the time, Stan Lee admitted there was no deep forethought involved. He came up with the idea of mutants out of laziness, so he would no longer have to keep coming up with new ways people got their powers. I thought that was hilarious, but also big of him to admit.