Stan Lee – The Man, The Myth Maker, The Legend

Recently it was reported in the press and on social media that the great Stan Lee had been at Marvel Studios to film four separate cameos for four different films all on one day, sparking rumours about his health. Stan Lee himself has admitted to his eyesight failing, recently stating to the Radio Times in an interview “I can’t read the newspaper or a novel or anything. I can’t even read a script.” He also goes on to say that he now comes up with new ideas for stories and somebody writes an outline for him, but he can’t read it. He says “I have to hope it’s good. If something is very important, they print it in very big type for me to read – but that’s all I can do. I have the same trouble with hearing. It’s awful to feel a thousand years old.”

Lee also commented that losing his sight is his “biggest miss in the world”, and also said that his hearing isn’t that much better either.

In light of his of his declining health, we here at Games and Geekery thought it would be a good time to quickly run through a few brief  facts about his life, as to do anymore would take years to write due to his long and very, very varied life and career.

Stan Lee’s full name is Stanley Martin Lieber, and was born in New York to Romanian born jewish immigrant parents Celia and Jack Lieber on December 28th, 1922. His father trained as a dress cutter, but only worked sporadically after the Great Depression. Lee was 9 when his only sibling, Larry Lieber was born. He is currently married to Joan Clayton Boocock Lee.

He is known for  being a comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. Lee has written stories in a variety of genres including romance, Westerns, humour, science fiction, medieval adventure, horror and suspense.

He attended DeWitt Clinton High School as a youth, which is situated in the Bronx, NY. He always loved writing, dreaming of one day writing the “Great American Novel”. It was with the help of his Uncle Robbie Solomon that Lee became an assistant in 1939 at the new Timely Comics division of Pulp Magazine. In the 1960’s Timely evolved into Marvel Comic.

 

His first superhero co-creation was “The Destroyer”, in Mystic Comics in August, 1941.This period is known by fans and comic historians as “The Golden Age of Comics”.

He has collaborated with John Romita Sr, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, to name but a few and created Spiderman, The Hulk, The Fantastic Four, Ironman, Daredevil, Thor, The X-Men and many more, and even created a shared universe for them to all co-exist in.

He headed the first major challenge to the industry’s censorship organisation, the Comics Code Authority, and forced reforms in its policy.

He was introduced into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994, and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995. He also received a National Medal of Arts in 2008.

In 2006 he said that he was influenced as a child by books and movies, especially those with Errol Flynn playing the hero.

He has made many memorable cameo appearances in Marvel film adaptations and other feature films.

At Comic-con International in 2016, he introduced his digital graphic novel “God Woke”, with text originally wrote as a poem he presented at Carnegie Hall in 1972.

Although being raised by Jewish parents, when asked if he believes in God, he stated “Well, let me put it this way… (Pauses) No, I’m not going to try to be clever. I really don’t Know, I really don’t Know.

Stan Lee has had such an amazing career to the point that he is as iconic, if not more iconic than his very own ceations

May he have many more years still to come, and in the great man’s words, “EXCELSIOR!”?

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