Writer, actor, producer, editor, artist, and comic book legend Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California on November 12, 2018. He was best known for his works in Marvel Comics and for numerous cameos in dozens of films based on Marvel Studios properties.
Born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922 in Manhattan, New York City, as early as his high school years, he dreamed of writing the “great American novel” and worked sporadically for newspapers writing filler stories.
In 1939, he got his first job in comic books writing for the pulp publishing company Timely Comics. He worked as an assistant, but got his first break when he wrote a short filler story in Captain America Comics #3 for the short “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge” circa May 1941. It was here that his PEN name Stan Lee would first appear.
In 1941, he met his longtime associate Jack Kirby and soon became the editor-in-chief during what historians now call The Golden Age of Comic Books.
Only a year later, Lee joined the Army where he was assigned to the Signal Corp and later the Training Film Division, where he helped write and produce training films for the US Military. Lee always claimed he was given the rank of “playwright.”
He left the Army in 1945 at the end of World War II and join Atlas Comics where he worked on several science fiction and pulp stories. But, it was in the late 1950s when DC Comics revamped their comic book stories with Justice League and Challengers of the Unknown that the industry entered a whole another age. In 1961, Stan Lee and collaborators Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Bill Everett, and several others revamped their publishing company into Marvel Comics.
For a time, the United States had to borrow myths and legends from our other cultures. With Lee’s help, America has established its own legends, born from crazy imaginations, stark creativity, and a powerful mind that has established such iconic heroes and villains that have forever sealed themselves into our hears and minds.
From the pages of Marvel Comics, there have been stage plays, televisions shows, short films, movies, video games, animated series, and entire film franchises that have revolutionized the entertainment industry. No longer do we have to go to dumb movies about a guy who can sew or a woman who falls in love with fish-man. Now we can see heroes who have extraordinary abilities beat the larger-than-life bad guys.
RIP Stan Lee. Excelsior!
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