Stan Lee

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Stan Lee

Born

12/28/1922, New York City, New York, United States

Birth Name

Stanley Martin Lieber

Gender

Male

Also Known As

Stanley Martin Lieber
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Biography

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Stan Lee is an American writer, editor, memoirist and Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Comics, who, with several artist co-creators -- especially Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko -- introduced complex, naturalistic characters and a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books. His success helped change Marvel Comics from a…more

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  • Trivia

    • In 2008 Stan Lee received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

    • Stan is known to wear sunglasses at all public appearances.

    • Stan frequently refers to his faithful readers of his comics as "true believers".

    • The Stan Lee action figure was introduced at the 2007 Comic-Con International.

    • Stan wrote the Public Service Announcement for Lyrical Knockout Entertainment's "Hip-Hop Literacy".

    • In 1959 & 1960 Stan wrote the syndicated comic strip Willie Lumpkin.

    • Stan co-authored, with S. Timmons the book "The Alien Factor", it was published in 2002.

    • In 1976 Stan did a TV commercial for Personna razors.

    • Stan's appearance in the Documentary Short Heroes Unmasked was uncredited.

    • Stan had a brief appearance in Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement as Three Stooges Wedding Guest.

    • Stan has won the following awards & honors:
      2008 - National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal.
      2008 - The First New York Comics Legends Award.
      2005 - Hero of Literacy Award at the Family Literacy Fair.
      2002 - Life Career Award from Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films.
      2002 - Golden Panel Awards by The New York City Comic Book Museum.
      2000 - Lifetime Achievement Award from Burbank International Children's Film Festival.
      2000 - Sparky Award.
      1998 - Larry Stewart Leadership and Inspiration Award at the PRISM Awards.
      1995 - Inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995.

    • Stan set the main part of Marvel's heroes in New York City because he knew the area and wants them to be in real places as opposed to DC Comics whose heroes are mostly in fictional cities.

    • Stan is Jewish.

    • Stan Lee was born to Celia (Solomon) and Jack Lieber, Jewish immigrants from Romania. He has one brother, Larry Lieber, who helped create Thor and Iron Man for Marvel Comics.

    • As a teen he worked such part-time jobs as writing obituaries for a news service and press releases for the National Tuberculosis Center; delivering sandwiches for the Jack May pharmacy to offices in Rockefeller Center; working as an office boy for a trouser manufacturer; ushering at the Rivoli Theater on Broadway; and selling subscriptions to the New York Herald-Tribune newspaper.

    • In 1939, he joined the WPA Federal Theatre Project.

    • In 2005 Stan created a new superhero just for the movies, the called Foreverman.

    • In 2005 POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment, Inc. was founded by Stan Lee, together with Gill Champion and Arthur Lieberman.

    • In 2001, he did the narration for the film Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger Part IV, under the pseudonym "Peter Parker."

    • In the 2000s, Lee did his first work for DC Comics, launching the Just Imagine... series, where he showed how HE would have created and styled such famous characters as Superman, Wonder Woman, the Batman, and the Justice League.

    • He create an online animation studio, Stan Lee Media, in 1999.

    • Stan enlisted in the U.S. Army in early 1942 and served stateside in the Signal Corps, writing manuals, training films, and slogans, and occasionally cartooning. He returned to writing comics in 1945 when his military service ended.

    • Stan attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx graduating at 16 1/2 years old, in 1939.

    • Stan is a Democrat and has contributed large sums of money to Bill and Hillary Clinton and Ted Kennedy.

    • In 2002 Lee published his autobiography Excelsior! The Amazing Life of Stan Lee.

    • He has it written into his contract that in any movie based on a Marvel character that he is credited with creating or working on, he gets a cameo in the movie version of the comic. Aka Hot Dog Vendor in X-Men, Security Guard in Hulk, Bystander in Spider-Man, Old Man at Crossing in Daredevil, Man Dodging Debris in Spider-Man 2, Willie Lumpkin in Fantastic Four, and Waterhose Man in X-Men 3. He did not, however, appear in X-Men 2.

    • Admitted he'd always hoped to play the character of J. Jonah Jameson in a film adaptation of Spider-Man, though he conceded he was too old to even be considered by the time the film was actually made and praised J.K. Simmons for his performance in the role.

    • In 1972 he became publisher and editorial director of Marvel Comics.

    • He entered the comic book scene at 17 as assistant editor for the Timely Comics group in 1939. Timely Comics would go on to become Marvel Comics.

    • His three most famous comic book creations are: Fantastic Four (Debut November 1961), The Incredible Hulk (Debut May 1962) and The Amazing Spiderman (Debut August 1962 in "Amazing Fantasy" # 15).

    • He ended his weekly "Stan's Soapbox" column (which appeared in every Marvel comic book) with the phrase "Excelsior."

    • He disliked the 1970s live-action The Amazing Spider-Man TV series (for which he was a script consultant), deeming it "too juvenile." He also felt that Spider-Man was being treated on the show as a "cardboard character."

    • Apart from his participation in the creation of the classic Marvel Comics characters, he also helped weaken censorship in the mainstream comics field. This happened when he decided to do a story about the problem of drug abuse. The story he wrote in 1971 for The Amazing Spider-Man concerned Peter Parker's friend Harry Osborne having a bad trip on LSD and nearly dying from it. The Comics Code Authority declared that they would not give their seal of approval to the three-issue arc on the grounds that the code, which was notorious for being draconian, would not allow the depiction of drug use even when it is portrayed negatively. Lee decided to defy the CCA and published the story as is without the seal and received healthy sales and a positive public reaction for his efforts in portraying the social problem. Soon after, the CCA changed their rules to allow for anti-drug messages in comics.

    • Stan married Joan (Clayton) Lee on December 5, 1947, they have 2 daughters; model/actress Joan Celia "J.C." Lee, born in 1950 and Jan Lee, born in 1953, who only survived for 3 days.

    • He is the narrator of many early Marvel cartoons.

    • He first began to work on comics in 1941 on the 3rd issue of Captain America.

  • Quotes

    • Stan Lee: (about receiving the National Medal of Arts and the National Humanities Medal) I feel very honored, very surprised. When I first got the phone call, I thought it was a gag. I'd heard of it but didn't know much about it. I'd heard of the NEA. But it was just a name.

    • Stan Lee: I always sympathized with the people who did work for hire; I was one of them.

    • Stan Lee: I have never had a lap dance in Tampa or any other part of Florida. If I ever did have a lap dance, I don't think I would be discussing television ideas with the girl that was giving it to me.

    • Stan Lee: I love Marvel and the people there. I'm glad I'm still part of it.

    • Stan Lee: To be honest, when I was writing these stories a million years ago, I never thought about movies at all one way or another. It would have seemed almost miraculous for these things to be movies someday. To me, they were just comic books that I hoped would sell so I could keep my job.

    • Stan Lee: Wolverine is one of the best characters ever created in fiction. I blew it by not coming up with the idea first.

    • Stan Lee: Spider-Man was Spidey, Captain America was Wing-Head, Thor was Goldilocks. I loved calling Iron Man Shell-Head and Daredevil was Horn-Head.

    • Stan Lee: (about why he changed his name to begin with.) I felt someday I'd write the Great American Novel and I didn't want to use my real name on these silly little comics.

    • Stan Lee: If a character had the first initial in both names, I could at least remember one of the names.

    • Stan: When I go and see one of the movies I don't sit there and think I would have done it differently from Sam Raimi or Bryan Singer. Like everybody else in the audience I just enjoy the experience.

SUBMIT REVIEW
  • a man of pure genious and know for producing some of the greatest comics ever made and well know charaters

    9.5
    stan lee the man behide some of the greatest names in the business like spiderman,the hulk x men and with the help of jack kirby he made the fantastic four. he made the comic industry what it is today it went from DC comics dominated in the early days to marvel taking over in the 60s. he got alot of people into comics i am one of them. and has even turned some of his comics into powerful money makers in the movie theaters. his best know comic is spiderman and has sold millions of comics and his second best selling is the fantastic four.moreless
  • Genius...

    10
    Although I am more of a DC comics fan I enjoy marvel comics some too. I mean what can I say stan lee is a genius he's probably made your favorite childhood heroes like spiderman and the hulk. I like the fact that he has slight little cameos in the marvel movies like spiderman, spiderman 2, daredevil, the hulk, the fantastic Four, X-men 3 and so on and so fourth. I also like how he has created almost if not all of the marvel characters out there today. Unlike DC comics where every single hero is created by someone different but that is cool too. I have seen him in some interviews and he seems like a pretty funny guy I dont know what else there is for me to say about stan lee other than keep on going. Later...moreless
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