Stan Lee–The Man, Myth, And Legend

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Stan Lee–The Man, Myth, And Legend

Angel Guerrero, Writer

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Stanley Martin Lieber, or Stan Lee, creator of the entire Marvel franchise, passed away recently on November 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California after leading a fulfilling life.

Unlike some writers that languish in obscurity, Stan Lee vaulted to popularity as an artist and writer, creating Marvel comics, such as The Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Hulk, X-Man, Thor, Spider Man, and much more.

Born in 1922 to Ceclia and Jack Lieber right before the Great Depression, Stan attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, New York. He worked side jobs from a newspaper editor to an office boy, earning extra money, gaining valuable experience.

As a young man with a passionate, creative impulse, he always dreamed of writing “The Great American Novel”.  Soon, he obtained an intern position at Timely Comics in 1939, honing his creative writing craft, working with experienced, professional writers.

Afterwards, he made his debut in 1941 with “Captain America Foils the Traitors Revenge”,  a story where the hero uses his shield as a throwing weapon. At age 19, he earned a full time internship at Timely Comics to create more action filled stories.

In 1942, the joined the U.S. Army and served in the Signal Corps. He  continued to write, and the military classified him as a ‘playwright’. In the late 1950’s after he returned from his army service, Timely Comics promoted him to editor-in-chief, and he wrote many more Marvel adventures that would soon grow into one of the all time biggest corporations.

Stan Lee and his publisher Goodman received a request to come up with a comic for drug awareness in 1971. However, since the theme detailed drug use, the Comics Code Authority denied their request for publication.

Although not allowed to make the comic, still they disobeyed this directive and daringly created it. Happily, their story earned popularity, and many people thanked them for their drug abuse awareness issue.

Stan Lee – rest In peace


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