On Monday, November 12, 2018 Marvel co-founder and comic book pioneer Stan Lee lost the battle against pneumonia at the age of 95 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. Earlier this year in March, he informed fans of his battle in a video. His illness caused him to cancel many appearances across the country.
Stan Lee was the leading innovator of comic book writing since the late 1930’s and still is today. His creativity and influence have changed comic book writing forever.
Stan Lee, who was named Stanley Martin Lieber at the time, was born in 1922 in New York. He was the son of Jewish Romanian immigrants in working class. Stan Lee created his iconic alias when he was working as a proofreader and text filler at Timely Comics, the predecessor of Marvel. Later in life, he legally changed his name to Stan Lee.
Stan Lee started the Marvel revolution in the early 1960’s when comic book super heroes, such as DC’s Superman and Batman, fought villains narrow-minded and the comics became bland. Stan Lee decided to take a different approach, and created heroes with unique imperfections, weaknesses, and gave them everyday problems to overcome. One of Stan Lee’s greatest creations, Spiderman, had to go through troubles any teenage boy goes through, such as bullying. Stan Lee gave his heroes these traits so that the reader could relate to them; which ultimately paid off in the end.
Towards the end of the decade, Marvel sold 50 million comics annually. Stan Lee became the publisher and company president of Marvel by 1972. His mastery at comic book production became the well-known Marvel Method. Today, Marvel is now one of the leading super hero comic book producers.
Excelsior, Stan Lee.