Joel Martin caught up with Stan Lee, the former head of Marvel Comics, at MegaCon in Orlando on the eve of Captain America: The Winter Soldier movie opening to talk about the inspiration behind Cap’s choice of vehicle.
Joel: Was there a particular story or inspiration in your life for the choice of a motorcycle in Captain America?
Stan Lee: No not really, I didn’t create Captain America. He was
created by Jack Kirby and Joe Simon. I wrote him later on and the idea
of the motorcycle just seemed so natural for him. There was nothing else
it could be but a motorcycle.
Joel: Was there a character that you created that could have benefited from a motorcycle, looking back and hindsight is 20/20?
Stan Lee: Yes, anybody could benefit from a motorcycle. They have to get from here to there fast.
Joel: Why Harley-Davidson?
Stan Lee: Harley is the perfect partner for Captain America,
they are excellent partners. Harley was there in the past, and when you
see him in Captain America 2, you’ll see the new version, so it sets up
the continuity of the character. Plus, that’s the all-American brand,
the perfect fit for Captain America.
Photos: Alfonse Palaima, Mark Calzaretta