Our hearts are heavy with sadness hearing about the passing of Stan Lee. For some of us, it was almost as if we knew he would always be here with us. Each passing moment egged on our excitement of what would come next from him and his empire. Well, now the Universe has him and we hope he is there doing what he loves best.
He was born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922 to Celia and Jack Lieber in an upper westside apartment in Manhattan. As a youth his writing career began with obituaries for a news service and press releases for the National Tuberculosis Center; but he held down other positions that did not entertain his excitement for writing.
In 1939 Stanley Lieber eventually landed an assistant position at Timely Comics, which eventually evolved to Marvel Comics. Stanley Lieber made his comic-book debut with the text filler "Captain America Foils the Traitor's Revenge" in Captain America Comics #3. It was also at this point that he adopted the name Stan Lee.
During his time in the U.S. Army (1950s), Stan Lee maintained his connection with Timely Comics, which at that point in time was referred to as Atlas Comics, by meeting deadline for stories they required of him. These stories varied in genre to include science fiction, comedy, westerns and romance.
One of the first superheros he created along side his partner Jack Kirby was the Fantastic Four published by DC Comics. From there he went on to create The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor and The X-Men.
He eventually became synonymous with Marvel, making appearances at comic conventions. After stepping away, he created his own company Stan Lee Media. Years later the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy do to his partner Peter Paul committing SEC (Securities and Exchange Commission) violations. Stan Lee was never accused with participating in these dealings.
Later on, his career saw collaborations and contributions, both expanding and involving, with entities like 1821 Comics, Hiroyuki Takei and personal appearances at Comic Conventions.
Here’s a fun fact, Stan Lee has made quite a few appearances in films and television shows to include Spider-Man 2 and 3, Daredevil, The Hulk, Fantastic Four, X-Men: The Last Stand and Thor; just a few of many cameos he had. He also hosted the Syfy show “Who Wants to be a Superhero?”
There isn’t one article, memoir or story that can entirely capture all that is Stan Lee. Stan Lee, the Man, will be missed, but he will live on in our hearts as we continue to dare to dream. Seeing any one of his characters, we hope, will almost be the same as seeing him. Each time we see Black Panther, Spider-Man, The Hulk, and Jean Grey or any superhero for that matter, we will be reminded of the great impact he had on all of us and the way he revolutionized the comic world.