On this day: Stan Lee passes away at 95

On November 12, 2018, Stan Lee died at the age of 95.

Lee was born in 1922 to a Romanian Jewish family in Manhattan, and his first name was Stanley Martin Lieber.

In his youth, Lee enjoyed writing so much that when he was 15 years old, he entered a weekly newspaper competition three weeks in a row and won all three times, forcing the newspaper to write to him and ask him to let someone else win and he encouraged him. write professionally.

In 1939, Lee became an assistant at Timely Comics, which would later become known as Marvel Comics, with the help of his uncle. He made his comic book debut two years later with Captain America foils the traitor’s revenge.

At the end of 1941, the publishers left the company and the publisher, Martin Goodman, appointed Lee as interim publisher. He was only 19 years old. He was so good at the job that he was appointed editor-in-chief and art director, and he remained in these roles until he replaced Goodman as editor.

The Marvel’s Spider-Man booth is seen at Paris Games Week (PGW), a video game fair in Paris, France, on October 25, 2018 (credit: BENOIT TESSIER / REUTERS)

In 1942, Lee joined the American Army. While on duty, he would get letters from Timely Comics every Friday telling him what they needed in writing, and he would write what was asked of him and mail it on Monday.

In the mid-1950s, Lee was dissatisfied with his career and was considering leaving. Around the same time, DC Comics was gaining popularity with their revival of the Flash and their creation of the Justice League of America. Wanting to beat the competition, Goodman asked Lee to create a new superhero team for his company, and Lee’s wife recommended that he experiment with the kinds of stories he wanted to read.

Lee listened to this advice and created imperfect and human superheroes, a departure from the typical superheroes of the time who were perfect and idealistic.

Together with Jack Kirby, Lee created the Fantastic Four, which gained immediate popularity. Following their success, Lee and Kirby invented the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, X-Men, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and Spiderman. Some of the new characters came together to form the Avengers along with some characters that were revived from the 1940s like Captain America.

In the 1960s, Lee did a lot of work for the Marvel series, in addition to writing a column called Stan’s Soapbox, which he often signed with his signature tagline, Excelsior!

In later years, Lee acted as an executive producer on Marvel movies and television shows, and was famous for making cameos in nearly every Marvel movie until his death. His last appearance was in Avengers Endgame.


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