Stan Lee, original name Stanley Martin Lieber (born December 28, 1922, New York,—died November 12, 2018, Los Angeles, California) was an American comic book writer best known for his work with Marvel Comics. The plethora of superheroes crated by Stan were unique in its own way but of those like Fantastic Four, X-Men, Spiderman and Avengers did quite well in both the comics world, TV Animation Shows and in Movies Industries as well. He was in the comic-book business over 7 decades.
“Comics book to me are fairy tales for grown-ups” says Stanley. His deep rooted belief that an entertainment is what makes human forget the pain about tedious life practices was only the reason he started writing comics. After graduating from high school at age 16, Lieber was hired as an editorial assistant for Timely Comics, and in 1942 he was promoted to editor. By that time he had begun writing comic-book scripts for Timely as Stan Lee, a pseudonym that eventually became his legal name. He created different superheroes that crossed the imagination limits. His unique ability to mix science and fiction gave birth to popular Superheroes with great compatible stories. Eventually public interest in superheroes had slowed down after World War II. By age 39, Lee was discouraged and wanted to quit writing books. His wife advised him to write last his story. And in 1961 Lee and artist Jack Kirby created The Fantastic Four, about four astronauts who gain superpowers after a cosmic incident. One year later Lee and artist Steve Ditko created Spider-Man. Soon the comics were growing popular and it was then when the books joined a roster of increasingly successful series that also included The Incredible Hulk. The X-Men in 1963 added fuel to the fire of increasing popularity of comic books. Subsequently the Timely Publication was re-branded as “Marvel Comics”.
Film adaptations based on the series that Lee co-created were highly successful. X-Men (2000) and Spider-Man (2002) launched blockbuster franchises that earned billions of dollars in box-office revenue worldwide. Other Lee creations to receive the Hollywood treatment were Daredevil (2003), Hulk (2003), and Iron Man (2008). Lee was often featured in cameo roles in those films, a tradition that continued after Disney purchased Marvel in 2009. A flood of Marvel films followed the purchase, including those based on Lee-Kirby creations such as Thor (2011), the Avengers (2012), and Ant-Man (2015). In November 2002 Lee filed a $10 million lawsuit against Marvel after failing to receive any profits from the first Spider-Man movie, and in 2005 the court ruled in favour of Lee.
In addition to his work in other media, Lee wrote books on comics and on his own life. His published works include Origins of Marvel Comics (1974), Excelsior!: The Amazing Life of Stan Lee (2002), and Stan Lee and the Rise and Fall of the American Comic Book (2003). In 2008 he was awarded a National Medal of Arts. On 16 July 2017, Lee was named a Disney Legend, a hall of fame program that recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company. Stan was married to Joan Lee for almost 70 years, until her death. The couple had two children. Joan died on July 6, 2017. Stan died on November 12, 2018, in LA caused by pneumonia.
Some of the famous lines by Stan Lee that grew to be widely popular both in movies, comics and animations are:
“With great power comes great responsibility.”
“Wives should be kissed – not heard.”
“Luck’s a revolving door, you just need to know when it’s your time to walk through.”
“Whosoever holds this hammer, if he be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”
By Mr. Suraj Shah