Stanley Martin Lieber or Stan Lee… the name behind the creation of great characters Spider-Man, Fantastic Four, X Men and many have gone to glory on November 12, 2018, in Los Angeles, California.
Born on December 28, 1922, in New York City, young Stan began his career as an antemortem obituaries writer at a news office in New York City but he quit it as it was depressing. Then he began to work at “Timely Comics” which eventually became the famous Marvel Comics in due course of time.
He worked for the US Army during the period of World War II. Serving within the US as a member of the Signal Corps, his job was to repairing telegraph poles and other communication equipment. He married a young woman, Joan B. Lee in 1947. In his memoir, he revealed, “My whole adult life, I’ve never been to a barber,” because, “Joanie always cuts my hair.”
During the 50s, he about quit the comics when he was said to use simple words as the comics were literally childish. When DC Comics hit a jackpot with “The Flash”, Martin Goodman, the publisher, and owner of Timely told Lee to plan a new superhero team. His first daughter, Joan Celia Lee was also born in 1950.
His thought of something that could become a perfect rival of then ruling popular comics Justice League of America, afterward, holding the hands of Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the Fantastic Four began its journey in 1961. And a couple of years later, his daughter, Jan Lee was born. Soon, the popular characters like Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk, and Thor started to fill everyone’s childhood with amazing stories and excitements. He has also created many famous slogans through his creations; one of them is a Latin call to rise, Excelsior!
He once said, “As far as I’m concerned, a really great comic-book story is every bit as creative and important as a great story done in any other form of the media.”
One day, he revealed that his wife destroyed the typewriter he used to write the first issues of his famous creations including Fantastic Four and Spider-Man. Lee wrote, “This happened before eBay. –Too bad. I could’ve auctioned the parts and made a mint.”
Eventually, Timely Comics became Marvel Comics and it was a widespread phenomenon. Stan Lee was promoted to editorial director and publisher along with it in 1972. Soon, he began to serve as an ambassador for Marvel.
In July of 2017, he lost his wife (age 70), meanwhile, in 16th, he was named a Disney Legend in a hall of fame program. In a video message before his death and he revealed that he is fighting with pneumonia. On November 12, 2018, he crossed the great divide.
He was the one and no one can take his, Stan Lee’s place. As Chris Evans wrote, “There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship, and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!”