The hero that made all heroes, Stan Lee, passed away Nov. 12, in Los Angeles at the age of 95. The phenomenal writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics shook many fans and celebrities with his death, but his legacy will definitely remain through his works.
Stanley Martin Lieber was born on December 28, 1922 in Manhattan, NY. He began his career as a writer and was immediately hired to work at Timely Comics because of his talents. After this job, he went on to serve in the army during World War II, shaping himself as his own hero.
In the 1960s, Lee continued to pursue his love for writing comics. Lee was given a huge role to play by his bosses to co-create Marvel Comics to compete with their rival DC Comics. At the time, DC Comics came out with their hit comic, The Justice League of America, and competition between the companies was heavy.
With the encouragement of his wife, Lee went to many superhero conventions in order to draft inspiration. With his co-creator, Jack Kirby, they created the characters of Fantastic Four, which quickly became a hit. With this the train of success began. Lee created new characters from Marvel including Hulk, Spider-man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, and X-Men. Lee began to fill the genre with a wide range of unique characters from the Hulk super strength, and gripping love story, to Spider-man’s mutations giving him the powers of a Spider in which he used to become a hero. Many of these heroes had a lot of struggles that they had to go through. In all of these stories, one theme was present: people become a superhero at unexpected times.
Like Lee’s life, he put down everything to serve in the army and it was clear his characters shaped his experience. As his comics continued to flourish, he became the ambassador of Marvel, where he has inspired blockbuster hit after hit. But not only did he have a wide range of ideas, he also had the business bravado to get them done.
He inspired the making of The Avengers Franchise, Thor, and Iron Man. Iron man steadily became a children favorite racking up one billion sales in total. Iron man’s creative concept and more mechanical approach lead to real issues being tackled within the works. Through hard work and dedication, Stan Lee has shown that anything is possible. Iron Man wasn’t the only movie that racked up huge sales. The Avengers from the first movie to Avengers Infinity War has racked up 1 billion and 630 million.
With the huge success of all of his movies he has added so many new things into the genre and a new vibe. Working with his rival company, he bolstered his name and company standings around the genre and became a household name.
Through his successful and hardworking life came a man with extreme knowledge and vast creativity. He will always be remembered as a legend who has inspired and crafted the meaning of what it is to be a hero, and his legacy will continue to live on in his comics and his films.
-Dasia Brim, News Assistant Director