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Spider-Man, Black Panther, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Incredible Hulk and Ant-Man were among the countless superheroes to come from Stan Lee’s creative mind.
Stan Lee was the man responsible for Marvel becoming the dominant force in comic books and films – and achieved virtual superhero status among his legions of fans
Born Stanley Leiber in 1922, Stan grew up in a poor neighborhood in Washington Heights, NY. He started to work for Marvel’s predecessor, Timely Comics, in 1939 and two years later he wrote his first storyline for the company. He used the pen name Stan Lee so that when he wrote “the great American novel” he wouldn’t be associated with a lowly comic book writer, but would later go on to change his name legally.
Before the ‘Silver-Age’ of comic books, superheroes were whiter-than-white, all-American, all-conquering heroes. Stan Lee made heroes human, giving them flaws and personalities, making them relatable to a huge audience. Lee, with his artists and collaborators Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby, pioneered the ‘Marvel Method’ of writers and artists working closely together to develop new heroes and storylines. Marvel would soon come to dominate the comic book world.
Lee retired from writing Marvel comics in 1972, taking on a more executive role until the 1990s.
More than 20 Marvel films have been made since 2008. Stan made a cameo in every single one, cementing his place at the heart the Superhero world.