“With great power comes great responsibilty.”
― Stan Lee
Stan Lee was born as Stanley Martin Lieber (he would later change his name to Stan Lee) on December 28, 1922 in New York City. His parents were Romanian-born Jewish immigrants and they lived at the corner of West 98th Street and West End Avenue in Manhattan. When Lee was in school he worked various part-time jobs, including writing obituaries for a news service and press releases for the National Tuberculosis Center. He was determined to be a professional writer and took every opportunity to put pen to paper.
Here are 10 Uknown Facts About Stan Lee You Don’t Know :-
10. Stan Lee joined Timely Comics at the age of 19 in 1941.
With the help and support of his uncle Robbie Solomon, Lee became an assistant at the Timely Comics division of Pulp Magazine. Timely Comics would later become Marvel Comics.
09. His first big break was CAPTAIN AMERICA.
A week into his job at Timely Comics, Lee got the opportunity to write a two-page Captain America comic. He wrote it under the pen name Stan Lee (now his legal name) and titled it “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge.” His first full comic script would come in Captain America Issue 5, published August 1, 1941.
08. He joined the Army In 1942.
Stan entered the United States Army in early 1942 and served in the US in the Signal Corps, repairing telegraph poles and other communications equipment. He was later transferred into the Training Film Division, where he worked writing manuals, slogans, training films, and occasionally cartooning. His military classification was “playwright” that only nine men in the US Army were given that title at that time.
Lee returned from his World War II military service in 1945 and resumed his former duties. Vincent Fago, editor of Timely’s “animation comics” section filled his place in Stan’s absence.
07. He defied The Comics Code Authority with an Anti-Drug Comic.
Stan Lee received a letter from the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare asking him to put an anti-drug message in one of his books. He created a “Amazing Spider-Man” storyline in which Peter’s friend Harry Osborne almost died from a drug overdose. The CCA did not approve witht heir seal because of the mention of the drugs but Stan convinced his publisher, Martin Goodman, to run the comic anyway.
6. He nearly quit Comics.
Stan Lee nearly quit his work at timely comics when he was asked to use simpler words during a time when comics were seen as childish.In the late 50’s DC was starting to revive the superhero genre. Stan Lee who had been thinking of leaving the industry had been asked to come up with some superheroes to rival DC’s. He made the Fantastic Four and later in collaboration with several artists, including Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, Thor, Black Panther, the X-Men, and many other fictional characters.
Stan Lee’s real contribution came from him finding a way to take superpowered individuals and make them seem and feel like regular people.Teams such as the Avengers and X-Men followed soon after, both following the pattern of having individuals with egos and issues, and being less than flawless.
5. He created the Shared Universe.
He concocted a shared universe where a character from one comic book could effortlessly pop up in another title and team up with the headline character. While this had happened before, the level of complexity hadn’t.
4. He is the Cameo King.
He had a special clause added to his contract: he specified that he must appear in any movie based on one of his characters. This has made him the king of cameos.He has appeared in most of the movies based on Marvel Comics. Stan Lee holds the number one spot in terms of total revenue generated by all the films an actor has appeared in over their lifetime.
3. He have written for DC Comics.
In the late 2000s Stan Lee wrote a series for DC Comics called “Just Imagine” in which he re-imagined the DC superheroes Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and the Flash.
2. He created an Indian Superhero called ‘Chakra’.
Chakra is Mumbai based teenage superhero co-created by Sharad Devarajan and Gotham Chopra, Chakra tells the story of Raju Rai, a young Indian orphan living in Mumbai, who along with his mentor Dr. Singh, is determined to use science to unlock the secrets of human potential.
Chakra will debut on big screen in a Bollywood movie directed by Vikramaditya Motwane. Yeah, Stan Lee might soon be making a Bollywood cameo.
1. He had a Tv Show called Stan Lee’s Superhuman.
Stan Lee hosted this show along with contortionist Daniel Browning Smith, “the most flexible man in the world”, as he searches the globe for real-life superhumans – people with extraordinary physical or mental abilities.
During the show’s run, Stan and Daniel met extraordinary people such as ones that could withstand fatal amounts of electricity and a blind man that could sense the world around him using echolocation, like a real-life Daredevil.The show ran for 31 episodes.
Stan Lee has always been a legend for Comic Book fans. He gave us a hell of a lot awesome characters and fans have loved his cameos over time in Marvel movies. Today Stan The Man turns 95. Happy Birthday Stan Lee.