I am sure all of us would have seen Stan Lee in cameo roles beginning with the first Spider-Man film in 2002 and in all Marvel movies. Well, he was the Man behind the best comic books of all time and without him the super hero movies could not have existed. He died yesterday at the age of 95. I would like to write a small article about the great writer who made our childhood wonderful.
Stan Lee born on Dec 1922 was an American comic writer, editor, producer, and publisher. He was the Man behind the fictional characters including Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, Black Widow, the X-Men, the Iron Man, Thor and Ant-Man.
In 1960, the former Stanley M. Lieber was very unhappy with the comics as he thought this might not work for grownups and decided to quit. Following his wife’s advice, Lee decided to write one last story. Lee created The Fantastic Four and their successful 1961 debut paved the way for a slew of other legendary heroes. The Incredible Hulk, the Spiderman, the X-Men, The Avengers, The Silver Surfer, Doctor Strange and many more came from Lee and Marvel’s 1960’s radical revitalization of the comics medium.
Lee and his team took Marvel from a circulation of 18 million in 1961 to 32 million in 1965. Lee’s characters struck a major chord with readers and brought in new fans daily. Lee ultimately changed the industry with the release of The Amazing Spider-Man#96, a 1971 story which featured a subplot about a drug overdose. The Incredible Hulk television series starring Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno was perhaps his biggest breakthrough in 1980s. But was cancelled two years later. What kept Lee in his position was that he had become the eternal face of Marvel Comics.
By 1990s there was a huge demand for Marvel screen adaptations and the technology to actualize them. The first truly well received Marvel comic character to hit the big screen was 1998’s, Blade, the vampire hunter film. But major breakthrough was after the X-Men and the first Spider-Man movie followed by Iron Man.
Rest of the history we all know how Marvel became the Marvel cinematic universe
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“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: Entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.” — STAN LEE