Gaining admiration of millions of fans, Stan Lee, the creator of superheroes such as Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X-Man and Iron Man, died in 2018, at the age of 95. Having packed numerous fantastic characters into his long life, this successful name still maintains his fame even after his death, with the attractiveness of the characters he created. Let's take a look at the answer to who Stan Lee is.
Born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922 in New York, Stan Lee died at the age of 95 in Los Angeles. He did small, unskilled jobs like newspaper delivery and worked as an office boy, while he was attending DeWitt Clinton High School. As soon as he graduated from high school in 1939, he started his career. With the support of his uncle Robbie Solomon, he started to work at pulp division of Timely Comics. He firstly did casual works here.
He introduced his comic book "Captain America" to the readers in 1941. When he started to tread his own path, he also started to shape his life in all aspects. He split his name into two and started to use the name "Stan Lee". He created the Destroyer, his first superhero character, in late 1941. He entered the United States Army in 1942, and worked writing army training manuals, training films and slogans. After the World War II ended, he returned from his military service, and married Joan Clayton Boocock in 1947. In early 50s, Stan Lee started to write comics scripts in a variety of genres including science fiction, westerns and horror. Martin Goodman encouraged him to create superhero series.
Characters Created by Stan Lee
The young entrepreneur co-created the Fantastic Four with his friend Jack Kirby. It was followed by other comics such as Thor, X-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Spider Man and Daredevil. Stan Lee was distinguished from others by the way that he introduced the names of those who contributed to these comic books to the readers.
The credit panel on the splash page of the comics did not only include writer and penciller but also the inker and letterer, making the people in the back room become known. With a great contribution to public relations of Marvel Studio, Stan Lee moved to California and continued to serve in charge of the shows on Marvel TV. At the same time, he was still writing and editing comics scripts.
In 1995, Stan Lee was inducted into Jack Kirby Hall of Fame, and in 2008, he was given a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. On October 2, 2009, special events, named after Stan Lee, who achieved great success along his journey, were held in Los Angeles. There is also the question of why Stan Lee made an appearance in every movie. One of the distinctive features of Stan Lee was that he portrayed himself and had cameo appearances in many of his comics. Because he was the father of Marvel films. He has also made cameo appearance in many Marvel films.
Interesting Facts About Stan Lee
The biggest ambition of Stan Lee was to become a good writer and tell impressive stories. We can say that his ambition, especially in his early youth, was inspired and influenced by Mark Twain, Arthur Conan Doyle, William Shakespeare, Charles Dickens and Harlan Ellison, Stephen King and HG Wells. It is also known that the legendary name Stan Lee created Tony Stark, the world-famous Iron Man character, so as to make it an unlikable character.
Having earned his living by writing, Stan Lee also has a foundation named after him. Stan Lee Foundation develops several programs on culture and arts to support education of underprivileged children and teenagers. Inspired by numerous important writers, including especially Mark Twain, this successful name, who wrote obituaries before starting to work at Marvel, introduced his partners who accompanied him on the road to success, and did not receive a single penny after acquisition of Marvel by Disney, has packed numerous characters and great achievements into his 95-year long life.