REMEMBERING THE REAL-LIFE COMIC BOOK HERO
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.