Stan Lee was born on December 28, 1922. From a young age, Lee was interested in writing stories and heroes. The author had many jobs before dedicating his life to creating some of the most known characters in the comic industry — Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, and many more. His work inspired and influenced countless people who wanted to be in the comics industry, in addition to bringing an entirely new world of characters for people to enjoy. Today, to celebrate Lee’s birthday, let’s find out more about his life and his incredible career.
Stanley Martin Lieber, popularly known as Stan Lee, was born in New York, U.S., on December 28, 1922. Lee was the son of Celia and Jack Lieber, immigrants from Romania. He had a younger brother called Larry and he was born into a humble family that struggled financially during the Great Depression. Lee fell in love with stories and heroes when he was a child and used to read a lot of books and watch a lot of movies. When he was a teen, his family moved to The Bronk, where he attended DeWitt Clinton High School.
Lee had quite a few part-time jobs in his teen years. He used to sell subscriptions for a newspaper, write obituaries, was an office boy, and delivered sandwiches at the Rockefeller Center. Lee graduated from high school early at the age of 16. In 1939, he was hired as an office assistant at Timely Comic, a publishing house that would eventually evolve into Marvel Comics in the 1960s. Lee made his way up in the company and soon became interim editor. In the late 1950s, D.C. Comics was becoming a huge success with its Justice League of America team of superheroes. In response, Lee’s publisher, Goodman, ordered Lee to come up with a new superhero team. Then, Lee and his co-worker, Jack Kirby, created the Fantastic Four.
Lee has an outstanding career; he created superheroes that remain a hit in comic books and on the big screen until this day. Lee was the mind behind Captain America, Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Thor, the Black Widow, and many more. Lee died in November 2018 at 95 years old but his work still lives in the heart of his millions of fans.
Lee is hired at the publishing house Timely Comic.
Together with his co-worker, Lee creates the superhero team, the Fantastic Four.
Lee creates the beloved character Spider-Man.
Lee is honored with the N.E.A.'s National Medal of Arts.
Why We Love Stan Lee
We owe him for a lot of superheroes
Lee created a long list of well-known superheroes. His characters were unique and stood out from the rest because he created more human and naturalistic superheroes. He gave his superheroes real-life problems and personal issues.
Lee was one of the greatest comic book writers of all time. He helped a small publishing house to become Marvel Comics, an international and multimedia company.
He was a philanthropist
Lee founded the Stan Lee Foundation in 2010. The foundation focuses on education and arts.
5 Surprising Facts
He went to war
Lee served during World War II.
He’s made many cameo apperances
After retiring from publishing, Lee started doing cameos in every Marvel movie.
He had a favorite supervillain
Lee’s favorite supervillain was Dr. Doom.
He participated in an essay competition
Lee won a high school essay competition three times in a row.
He was asked to let others win
After winning the essay competition three weeks in a row, Lee was asked to step down and let others win.
Stan Lee FAQs
How many superheroes did Stan Lee create?
Lee created 60 superheroes and 300 characters overall.
What is Stan Lee's catchphrase?
His catchphrase was “Excelsior.”
Who was Stan Lee's first superhero?
Lee’s first superhero was the Destroyer.
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