|This article is written from the Real World perspective|
|Born||Stanley Martin Lieber|
December 28, 1922
New York City, New York
|Died||November 12, 2018 (age 95)|
Los Angeles, California
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Stanley Martin Lieber (born December 28, 1922; died November 12, 2018), legally changed to Stan Lee, was a legendary comic book creator who was a writer, editor, creator of comic book of many memorable comic book characters as well as the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.
As an actor Lee has been the narrator on The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, "Pryde of the X-Men", and Fantastic Four; Cliff Walters on The Incredible Hulk; himself on Spider-Man; Frank Elson on Spider-Man: The New Animated Series; Stan on The Spectacular Spider-Man; himself on Marvel Super Heroes: What The--?!; General Wallace on Black Panther; Mayor on The Super Hero Squad Show; hot dog vendor on Lego Marvel Super Heroes: Maximum Overload; the future Tony Stark on Avengers Assemble; Stan on Ultimate Spider-Man and Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H.; Fred's Father on Big Hero 6 and Big Hero 6; and Stan on Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse.
He served as an art consultant on Spider-Man. He is credited as a writer, mostly because he created the characters and wrote the original stories, for the shows The Marvel Super Heroes, Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, Spider-Woman, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Solarman, "Pryde of the X-Men", X-Men, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Silver Surfer, The Avengers: United They Stand, X-Men: Evolution, Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, Ultimate Avengers II, The Invincible Iron Man, The Spectacular Spider-Man, Planet Hulk, Marvel Anime: Iron Man, Marvel Anime: X-Men, Ultimate Spider-Man, Iron Man: Armored Adventures, Iron Man: Rise of Technovore, Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, and Spider-Man. He is credited as executive producer on many of the same projects as well as Ultimate Avengers, Fantastic Four: World's Greatest Heroes, Wolverine and the X-Men, Black Panther, The Super Hero Squad Show, Marvel Anime: Wolverine, Marvel Anime: Blade, The Avengers: Earth's Mightiest Heroes, Avengers Assemble, Ultimate Spider-Man, and Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United. He is also credited as a consultant on Fantastic Four and Spider-Man. He was the story editor of Solarman. Stan Lee was a co-executive producer on Astonishing X-Men, Inhumans, Wolverine: Origin, Ultimate Wolverine vs. Hulk, Eternals and Ultimate Comics.
Stanley was born in New York City, New York to Celia and Jack Lieber. Due to the Great Depression his father constantly changed jobs and moved to different neighborhoods. He loved to read and got part-time jobs like 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.
Thanks to his uncle Robbie Solomon, Stanley would get a job at Timely Comics. Timely would eventually evolve into the current day Marvel Comics. Stanley's first work was Captain America, under the pseudonym Stan Lee. He felt he would save his given name for some more literary work, but would end up being famous by that name.
When Joe Simon and Jack Kirby left in 1941 due to creative differences with publisher Martin Goodman, Stan showed a knack for the business which would led him to remain as the comic-book division's editor-in-chief, as well as art director until 1972 when he would succeed Goodman as publisher.
During World War II Stan entered the U.S. Army in 1942 and served in the Signal Corps writing manuals, making training films, creating slogans, and occasionally cartooning.
Stan married Joan Clayton on December 5, 1947. The two had two daughters, Joan Celia "J. C." Lee in 1950 and Jan Lee, who unfortunately died three days after delivery in 1953.
In the 1950s rival Detective Comics (DC) saw a revival of superheroes with the Flash and Justice League of America. Martin Goodman assigned Stan Lee to create his own superhero team. Stan created heroes that had a flawed humanity, that would bicker between each other, drink, have anger issues, or trouble getting a girlfriend. A divergence from DC's indestructible Superman or billionaire Batman. Stan created the Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, the Mighty Thor and the X-Men with Jack Kirby; Daredevil with Bill Everett; and Doctor Strange and Marvel's most successful character Spider-Man with Steve Ditko.
Stan also supported using comic books to provide some measure of social commentary about the real world, often dealing with racism and bigotry. In one famous Spider-Man story line, the wallcrawler's best friend became addicted to drugs. The Comics Code Authority refused to let it by but it was published anyways without their approval, winning great praise. Besides promoting an upcoming comic book project, "Stan's Soapbox" also addressed issues of discrimination, intolerance, or prejudice. Stan took to using sophisticated vocabulary for the stories' dialogue to encourage readers to learn new words, justifying this by saying: "If a kid has to go to a dictionary, that's not the worst thing that could happen."
In the 1990s Stan became friends with former lawyer Peter Paul who helped Stan get a non-exclusive contract with Marvel enabling him to start an Internet-based superhero studio Stan Lee Media in 1998. However, investigators discovered that Paul and corporate officer Stephan Gordon had illegally manipulated the stock. Paul fled to São Paulo, Brazil but was extradited and pled guilty. Luckily, Stan was never implicated, though Stan Lee Media did file for bankruptcy in February 2001. SLMI has repeatedly sued Marvel Entertainment, and The Walt Disney Company following its purchase of Marvel, for the rights though the company has not been able win in any court.
Stan eventually became the figurehead and public face for Marvel Comics. Stan was president of Marvel Comics but stepped down because he felt the position was more about numbers than it was about creative freedom.
Recently, Stan has done cameo roles in the various Marvel projects, including voicing himself in Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, and The Spectacular Spider-Man. He's provided the narrator in The Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, and "Pryde of the X-Men". He's played Cliff Walters in The Incredible Hulk, Frank Elson in Spider-Man: The New Animated Series, and the Mayor in The Super Hero Squad Show. He's also done cameos in several Marvel Comics films, even if he was not involved in the original comics, including the role of Fred's Father in the film Big Hero 6 and series Big Hero 6.
His wife Joan passed away on July 5th, 2017. The time after was surrounded by controversies concerning his care with rumors that he was being abused by his daughter J. C. and their associates.
Lee passed away at the age of ninety-five on November 12th, 2018. Coincidentally, this occurred on the observance of Veterans Day, with Lee himself being an Army Veteran. The official cause of death was heart and respiratory failure while also suffering from aspiration pneumonia. He was cremated with his ashes being returned to his daughter.
- Stan Lee, Marvel Comics' Real-Life Superhero, Dies at 95 at The Hollywood Reporter
- Stan lee Heart Failure & Breathing Issues Caused Death at TMZ