Stan Lee, the real hero

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Stan Lee, the great American comic book creator, died last year on this day, November 12.

Stan Lee was the creative genius at Marvel Comics for decades. He transformed the company from a small family-run business to a publishing empire that gave life to some of the most famous comic book characters of all time.


With the brilliant artist Jack Kirby, Stan Lee created Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch, Ant-Man and the Silver Surfer.

Just about all of them became successful movies under the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Lee and Kirby’s best creation is said to be the three-part “Galactus Trilogy that began in Fantastic Four No. 48 (March 1966), chronicling the arrival of Galactus, a cosmic giant who wanted to devour the planet, and his herald, the Silver Surfer

Fantastic Four No. 48 was voted by Marvel readers in 2001 as 24th in the 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time.

Stan Lee retired from Marvel in the 1990s but remained a figurehead of the company, and continued to work into his 90s.


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  1. Back in the late 50’s I used to stand at the news stand (Remember the old News-Paper stands?) and read comic books, the owner finally decided to give me a job at one of his stands, I was maybe 7 or 8 years old, Remember The Green Lantern? Remember Wonder Woman? I delivered newspapers in downtown Chicago (The Loop) for $5.50 a week, everyday off to work after school, my Mom got $5.00, I got to keep the .50 cents!

  2. We must be about the same age, my northern brother, because around that time I lived and breathed comic books. I remember them all. Wonder Woman of course. The Phantom was one of my favorites, also Devil Doone, Blackhawk, King of the Mounties… O, man, so many. I have re-bought some of them from comic book stores in recent years. I have Superman and Batman of course, a few Phantoms and terrific King of the Mounties written as you no doubt know by Zane Grey.