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Stan Lee

 Stan "The Man" Lee

 

Stan Lee- (b. Dec. 28, 1922 as Stanley Martin Lieber) --Stan Lee is perhaps the world's best known comic book creator. As a writer and editor at Marvel Comics beginning in the 1940s, Stan Lee created or co-created some of the best known superheroes, supevillians, and other comic book characters in the world.

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Stan Lee in his younger days

Stanley Lieber was born in 1922 in his parent's New York City apartment. His parents were Jewish immigrants from Romania. In 1939, during the Great Depression, Lieber got a job at Timely Comics through a relative, Robbie Solomon. At first, Stan worked as the office gopher, but eventually talked himself into a writing job. He worked on the old Captain America Comics in 1941. His first writing assignment at Timely (which later became Marvel Comics), came in writing a text filler titled, "Captain America Foils the Traitor's Revenge" in Captain America Comics #3 (May 1941). With this story, Stanley Lieber first began using his writing pseudonym of "Stan Lee," which he would later adopt as his legal name.

From this inauspicious start, Stan Lee began writing actual comic book stories, with the first superhero character he co-created being The Destroyer,which appeard in Mystic Comics #6 (Aug 1941).

In late 1941, after the departure of artist Jack Kirby and editor Joe Simon, Stan Lee was installed as the new editor for Timely Comics. He was only 19 years of age. (He would hold the editor's position until 1972). Also in late 1941, the United States entered World War Two, and Lee joined the army.

Stan Lee

Stan Lee in the 1970s

Stan Lee's Marvel Characters:

A short list of Stan Lee's best known superheroes includes: The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Iron Man, Marvel's version of Thor, the Avengers, the X-Men, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, Ant-Man and the Wasp, the Black Panther, Hawkeye, the Scarlet Witch, Quicksilver, the Black Widow, the Inhumans, Nick Fury and his Howling Commandoes, SHIELD, and many more.

Stan Lee's Villains include: Dr. Doom, Galactus, Baron Zemo, Fin Fang Foom, the Mandarin, Crimson Dynamo and the Titanium Man, Doctor Octopus, Kraven the Hunter, the Vulture, Sandman, the Wrecking Crew, the Absorbing Man, Kang the Conquerer, Magneto and his Brotherood of Evil Mutants, the Skrulls, MODOK, AIM, Hydra, and many more.

Other, supporting Marvel characters created by Stan Lee include: Spider-Man's Aunt May and Uncle Ben, Tony Stark's butler Jarvis, the Fantastic Four's mailman Willie Lumpkin, Agatha Harkness, Peter Parker's bosses, J. Jonah Jameson and Robbie Robertson, the Hulk's friend Rick Jones, Captain America's girlfriend, Sharon Carter, Bruce Banner's girlfriend Betty Ross and her father General Thunderbolt Ross, and more.

Stan Lee Links and Resources:

Stan Lee Is a Ladies' Man in Iron Man Cameo-Wired, May 2, 2008

 

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