Yesterday, a person who created a fantastic universe left our planet forever, Stan Lee. The likeable artist died at the age of 95 years and leaves an impressive legacy.
Of course, those, who love comics and movies know his name. But even those who aren’t familiar with comics, know certainly his face. They saw it in some of the biggest film blockbusters ever.
The American writer was the creative leader of Marvel Comics for a long time. Because of his creations, he was involved in the success of the company which dominates the comic and film industry until today.
STAN LEE – THE EARLY YEARS
Stan Lee, actually Stanley Martin Lieber, was born as son of Jewish parents on December 28, 1922. They emigrated from Romania and lived in a small apartment in the Bronx, New York. Thus, Stan Lee is a symbol for the positive aspects of integration and the blend of cultures.
Howsoever, his family was very poor. It was probably a great motivation for Stan Lee to use his talents successfully. Early on, in the High School he discovered his greatest gift and passion, the writing.
Thus, besides some jobs as office assistant and delivery boy, Lee also had part-time jobs as writer of press releases and obituaries. At the age of 17, he became the youngest editor in the comic biz.
STAN LEE CREATES THE MARVEL UNIVERSE
In the early 60s, after a lean period, DC’s superheroes became very successful again. Hence, Martin Goodman, father of Marvel Comics, asked Lee to create a new team of superheroes.
This was the beginning of an amazing successful story, which started in 1961.
At that time, Stan Lee and Jack Kirby created together the Fantastic Four. Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and the X-Men followed them. Moreover, together with Bill Everett, Lee created Daredevil.
Together with Steve Ditko he created Doctor Strange and Marvels superhero number one Spider-Man.
Finally, Lee and Kirby teamed up many of their created characters into The Avengers. Nowadays, the Avengers belong to the most successful movie franchises of all times.
STAN LEE’S CAMEOS & LEGACY
Stan Lee’s creative influence reaches widely. He inspired thousands of people including movie makers and producers. Furthermore, he created a complex universe, abbreviated named MCU (Marvel Cinematic Universe). That universe is full of magic, great adventures, likeable heroes and dark villains.
Lee retired from Marvel in the 90s. But, because of his regular and funny cameo appearances in the Marvel movies, he remained a public figure. Thus, even when you didn’t know his story and influence on the comic and film business, you certainly know his unique face.
Now, the creative artist left us forever, but his work, passion, love, dreams and visions will live on in his superheroes forever. R.I.P. Stan Lee.
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