The creator of our favorite Marvel superheroes – Spider-Man, the Hulk, Ant-Man, Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Daredevil, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men, Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95 on November 12, 2018.
Stan Lee was no less than a superhero himself. He opened a whole world of amazing characters who despite having extraordinary powers were immensely relatable. Their fears, their dilemmas, their conflicts, and their goals are what draws us to the superheroes that emerged from comics and have now become a huge movie franchise.
This post is dedicated to the man who dared to dream and helped us keep the child in us alive. To the man who ignited our curiosity, who made us believe in magic, and who made our childhood fantastic. We’ll miss you, Stan Lee. But, we remember you with a smile on our face. That’s how we’ll always remember you and the legacy that you’ve left behind.
1. Part-time jobs
From writing obituaries for a news agency, press releases for the National Tuberculosis Center, and selling subscriptions to the New York Herald Tribune newspaper, to delivering sandwiches for the Jack May pharmacy, working as an office boy for a trouser manufacturer, and ushering at the Rivoli Theater, Stan Lee worked in a diverse set of jobs in his youth. His biggest break was as an assistant in Timely Comics, which later evolved as Marvel Studios.
2. Captain America Foils the Traitors Revenge
After working for a week in Timely Comics, Stan Lee got an opportunity to write a two-page Captain America comic text-filler. He wrote, “Captain America Foils the Traitors Revenge.” This episode also debuted Captain America’s shield toss. It was the first time Captain America threw his shield. Way to go, Stan.
3. Flawed Superheroes
Stan Lee created superheroes with flawed humanity – heroes that were far from perfect, muddled in day-to-day activities, and had problems like any other normal people. The first superheroes that Stan Lee co-created with Jack Kirby were “The Fantastic Four”. After their phenomenal success, our Avengers were created. And the rest is history.
4. Spider-Man’s best friend, Harry Abusing Pills
In 1971, the U. S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare asked Stan Lee to include the issue of drug abuse in one of his stories. Stan Lee pulled off an episode in “The Amazing Spider-Man” where Peter Parker’s best friend Harry becomes addicted to pills after a breakup, which became extremely popular. Other episodes of “The Amazing Spider-Man” also addressed issues such as wars, politics, and student activism.
5. Face of Marvel
In the later years, after giving people amazing superheroes and gaining popularity, Stan Lee became the face of Marvel. From attending comic book conventions to lecturing at colleges and discussing at panel meetings, Stan Lee’s popularity rose even more and so did Marvel’s.
The then President of U.S.A, George W.Bush honored Stan Lee with American National Medal of the Arts in 2008, making him the only comic book writer to receive the award. He inspires us to always follow our dreams with passion and to do your bit wherever you are. Appreciation doesn’t always come right away but what matters is the joy you get from your works and the hearts you touch in the process.
Rest in power, Stan Lee. Excelsior!