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Stan Lee (1922- 2018), a legendary comic book writer, publisher, and editor, spent his whole adult life entertaining the public by writing comic books and co-creating superheroes. He revolutionized the comic book industry by creating stories that tackle human emotion, everyday dilemmas, and social issues. He is part of the reason readers and moviegoers all around the world are crazy about the Marvel Universe. Stan Lee was responsible for upgrading the comic book culture that was being ignored before.
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Key Facts & Information
- Stanley Martin Lieber aka Stan Lee was born on December 28, 1922, at Manhattan New York.
- His parents, both Romanian-born Jewish immigrants, were Jack and Celia Lieber.
- He has one younger brother named Larry Lieber.
- Lee married Joan Clayton Boocock on December 5, 1947.
- They had a daughter Joan Celia who was born in 1952 and another one in 1953 who died three days after she was born. They named her Jan Lee.
- Lee died on November 12, 2018 at California due to cardiac arrest .
- Stan Lee came from a low-income family living in a one-bedroom apartment in Bronx, New York.
- Lee practically grew up during the Great Depression period, wherein his parents struggled to make ends meet for their family.
- His father, a trained dress cutter, strived to find regular work.
- In his youth, Lee was already honing his writing skills by participating in news writing contests and writing in obituaries and press releases for National Tuberculosis Center.
HIS HUMBLE BEGINNING
- Stan Lee started his official comic writing career in 1939 at Timely Comics as an office assistant.
- His first responsibilities included making sure that the ink wells were filled-up and the pencil traces in finished pages were erased.
- His first comic writing gig was writing a text filler in Captain America comics. He used ‘Stan Lee’ as his pen name, which later becomes his legal name.
- He was promoted as editor in 1942, continued writing and created more Comic book superheroes, The Witness, The Destroyer, Jack Frost, Whizzer, to name a few.
- His comic writing career was put to the test when he joined the American troops during World War II. He became a writer and illustrator there.
- Timely Comics’ editor keeps sending requests for stories to be written; he would do it while onboard and submit it through the mail.
- In the 1960s, he and Jack Kirby collaborated on a comic book that will be able to compete with DC’s Justice League. Fantastic Four was born and became the first successful comic book series of then-newly named Marvel Comics.
STAN LEE AND MARVEL
- Lee redefined comic book writing by creating Fantastic Four, a team of superheroes that are humanly flawed and easily relatable.
- Their first success paved the way for Marvel to become a legitimate competitor for DC.
- Lee and Kirby collaborated more, but it is not until when Steve Ditko came that Lee found his vision of Spiderman come to life.
- Marvel’s success did not end with Spiderman and Fantastic Four. As the comic book industry was gaining a lot of followers, Marvel with Stan Lee as the Editor-in-chief continued to release more comic books that quickly became fan favorites. Among them are Incredible Hulk, Doctor Strange, Iron man and X-men.
- Lee introduced a new method of collaboration between the artist and the writer which is now popularly known as the “Marvel Method”. It allows the writer to come up with an idea, brainstorm it with the illustrator, do the rough sketch and get it back to the writer to supply the dialogues.
- Another company strategy, which also contributed to its success, is to engage readers by building a sense of community between fans and creators.
- With Lee’s charisma and natural talent for storytelling, he became a public figure and the face of Marvel, doing interviews, attending comic cons, participating in fan’s discussion online etc.
FASCINATING FACTS ABOUT STAN LEE
- Lee’s favourite catchphrase is the Latin Word “Excelsior!” which means ever upward.
- He had a cameo in most Marvel-produced movies, but he admitted in one interview that the character that he so wanted to play is J.J. Jameson, the adolescent hating editor-in-chief in Spiderman.
- The Hulk was not conceptualized as a green superhero. A technical problem with a printer made him green.
- He married his wife the same day the latter obtained her divorce papers from the judge, who also performed the ceremony.
- He never had any barber his whole adult life other than his wife. They were married for sixty-nine years before she died in 2017.
- He had a lifetime contract with Marvel Enterprises. He died at the age of 95.
Stan Lee Worksheets
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about the Stan Lee across 22 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Stan Lee worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about Stan Lee (1922- 2018), a legendary comic book writer, publisher, and editor, who spent his whole adult life entertaining the public by writing comic books and co-creating superheroes. He revolutionized the comic book industry by creating stories that tackle human emotion, everyday dilemmas, and social issues. He is part of the reason readers and moviegoers all around the world are crazy about the Marvel Universe. Stan Lee was responsible for upgrading the comic book culture that was being ignored before.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Stan Lee Facts File
- The Real Stan Lee
- Life of a Genius
- Stan-d by Lee
- In the Beginning
- Stan and Joanie
- Here We Stan, Mr. Stan Lee
- Marvel Universe
- My Superhero
- Stan’s Villains
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