Stan Lee | Tribute | Transformation From 4 To 95 Years Old
Birthday: December 28, 1922
Famous: Quotes By Stan Lee Editors
Also Known As: Stanley Martin Lieber
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died At Age: 95
Born In: New York City, US
Famous As: Creator Of Daredevil, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, X-Men
Height: 1.8 M
Spouse/Ex-: Joan B. Lee (M. 1947)
Father: Jack Lieber
Mother: Celia Lieber
Siblings: Larry Lieber
Children: Jan Lee, Joan Celia Lee
Died On: November 12, 2018
Place Of Death: Los Angeles, California
Net Worth: $100 Million As Of May 9, 2017
Stanley Martin Lieber, popularly known as Stan Lee, was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, media producer, television host, actor, and voice actor. He started out his career working as an office boy for the Marvel Comics––which meant fetching lunch, proof reading and refilling artist’s ink jars, eventually proving his creative talent, escalated from the position of interim editor to the president of the entire company. He is known for creating superheroes like ‘Spider-Man’, ‘The Hulk’, ‘X-men’, ‘Iron Man’, ‘Thor’, ‘Doctor Strange’, etc. and gained nationwide popularity when he created the superhero series ‘The Fantastic Four’ in which he made his superheroes imperfect rather than selling the idea of a perfectly capable superhero. He created these superheroes in collaboration with his colleagues, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. He is said to have brought in revolution in the comic world through his satirical writing and bringing in the elements of the real world into the world of these superheroes, which is how he used to make these superheroes viable and responsible. It was Lee who made Marvel Comics a multimedia corporation from just a small division of a publishing house. Apart from creating superheroes and writing story plots for the comics, he also wrote weekly columns and produced many superhero based ventures through his production company.
Childhood & Early Life
Stan Lee was born on December 28, 1922 in New York to Celia and Jack Lieber. His father was a dress cutter who did not get much work after the Great Depression. His family had to live in financial difficulties in a one-bedroom apartment.
Lee attended the DeWitt Clinton High School in The Bronx and side by side worked small jobs like, writing obituaries for a news service and press releases for the National Tuberculosis Center, working as an office boy, etc.
As a child his life was influenced by reading and watching movies. He dreamt of one day writing ‘The Great American Novel’. He was hired as an office assistant at Timely Comics and soon became an interim editor.
Lee’s entry into the Timely Comics in 1939 proved to be a big step in his career. He started out by doing menial jobs but soon made his comic-book debut with the text filler ‘Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge’.
In 1941, Lee started getting opportunities to do actual comics with a backup feature. He created the ‘Destroyer in Mystic Comics No. 6’, ‘Jack Frost in USA Comic No. 1’ and ‘Father Time in Captain America Comics No.6’.
When he was only 19 years old, owing to a conflict in the company and his escalating creativity, Lee was made interim editor of the company and worked with the company for a good 31 years, mostly as editor-in-chief.
In 1942, he joined the United States Army and served stateside in the Signal Corps. He continued his creative streak there by writing manuals, training films and slogans, which is why he was classified in the military as ‘playwright’.
After finishing his stint with the army, Lee joined back the company in 1950s, which was now known as the ‘Atlas Comics’. He started experimenting with various genres––writing romantic, sci-fi, horror, humorous stories, etc.
Around the same time, he produced a newspaper strip with his colleague Dan DeCarlo, titled ‘My Friend Irma’, which was essentially based on a radio comedy that starred Marie Wilson. Lee was getting increasingly discontented with his career.
In the late 1950, in competition with DC Comics, Lee’s publisher, Goodman, asked him to create a new superhero team. Lee thought to work on the stories that he believed in since he was getting disgruntled with his monotonous career.