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Stan Lee Roasts Lloyd Kaufman At 2010 Comic-Con

By Mike Everleth ⋅ August 11, 2010

In comic books, it’s customary that when two superheroes team-up they have to beat the stuffing out of each other first before taking on a supervillain. With that in mind, here we have the man from the House of Ideas, Stan Lee, taking on the man from the House of Bad Taste, Lloyd Kaufman, in a five-minute insult-a-thon that took place when Kaufman was honored at the 2010 Comic-Con International in San Diego in July.

The best thing about this clip is to hear Stan “The Man” get a little risque with his material, especially when he seems to get nervous to be saying the word “tits” in a public event. And what surprised me the most is to think that these two guys do know each other with Stan clearly being familiar with Kaufman’s cinematic output. I didn’t expect Stan to know that Poultrygeist even exists. But, the question is, has he actually seen or does he just know about it by reputation?

Toxic Crusaders Marvel comic cover

Well, there is a slight, mostly-forgotten Marvel/Troma connection, though. Back in 1991, Troma licensed out their Toxic Avenger character for a Saturday morning children’s cartoon called Toxic Crusaders, which gave Toxie several super friends to battle environmental villains. 13 episodes of the show were produced, which are now available on DVD, and the requisite action figures and other merchandise were produced along with them.

Although the cartoon pretty much bombed and not all 13 episodes even aired, Marvel did produce a tie-in Toxic Crusaders comic book, which was published in 1992 and only lasted for 8 issues before being canceled, too.

The Toxic Crusaders, created in the wake of and hoping to cash in on Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hysteria, was probably a concept way ahead of its time. With so much crap going on in the world these days, such as the horrific BP oil spill, it might be time to bring this concept back. The Toxic Avenger should be leading the green revolution. Fighting polluters with toilet humor seems like a no-brainer of an idea now.