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Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber; December 28, 1922)
is an American comic book writer, editor, and the
former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.
With several artist co-creators, most notably Jack
Kirby and Steve Ditko, he co-created Spider-Man, the
Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor,
Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and many other characters,
introducing complex, naturalistic characters and a
thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books.
He subsequently led the expansion of Marvel Comics
from a small division of a publishing house to a large
life and career
He was born in New York City, New York, in the apartment
of his Romanian-born Jewish immigrant parents, Celia
(née Solomon) and Jack Lieber,at the corner
of West 98th Street and West End Avenue in Manhattan.
His father, trained as a dress cutter, worked only
sporadically after the Great Depression, and the family
moved further uptown to Fort Washington Avenue,in
the Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights.
When Lee was nearly 9, his only sibling, brother Larry
Lieber, was born. By the time Lee was in his teens,
the family was living in a one-bedroom apartment at
1720 University Avenue in The Bronx. Lee described
it as "a third-floor apartment facing out back",
with him and his brother sharing a bedroom and his
parents using a foldout couch.
Lee attended DeWitt Clinton High School in The Bronx,
where his family had moved next. A voracious reader
who enjoyed writing as a teen, he worked such part-time
jobs as writing obituaries for a news service and
press releases for the National Tuberculosis Center;
delivering sandwiches for the Jack May pharmacy to
offices in Rockefeller Center; working as an office
boy for a trouser manufacturer; ushering at the Rivoli
Theater on Broadway; and selling subscriptions to
the New York Herald Tribune newspaper. He graduated
high school early, at age 16½ in 1939, and
joined the WPA Federal Theatre Project.
Lee and his collaborator Jack Kirby appear as themselves
in The Fantastic Four #10 (Jan. 1963), the first of
several appearances within the fictional Marvel Universe.
The two are depicted as similar to their real-world
counterparts, creating comic books based on the "real"
adventures of the Fantastic Four.
Kirby, during his years of working for DC Comics in
the 1970s, created the character Funky Flashman as
a possible parody of Stan Lee. With his hyperbolic
speech pattern, gaudy toupee, and hip '70s-Manhattan
style beard (as Lee sported at the time) this ne'er-do-well
charlatan first appeared in the pages of Mister Miracle.
Kirby later portrayed himself, Lee, production executive
Sol Brodsky, and Lee's secretary Flo Steinberg as
superheroes in What If #11, "What If the Marvel
Bullpen Had Become the Fantastic Four?", in which
Lee played the part of Mister Fantastic. Lee has also
made numerous cameo appearances in many Marvel titles,
appearing in audiences and crowds at many characters'
ceremonies and parties, and hosting an old-soldiers
reunion in Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos #100
(July 1972). Lee appeared, unnamed, as the priest
at Luke Cage and Jessica Jones' wedding in New Avengers
Annual #1. He pays his respects to Karen Page at her
funeral in the Daredevil "Guardian Devil"
story arc,[issue # needed] and appears in The Amazing
Spider-Man (June 1977).
In Alan Moore's satirical miniseries 1963, based on
numerous Marvel characters of the 1960s, Moore's alter
ego "Affable Al" parodies Lee and his allegedly
unfair treatment of artists.
The "Young Dan Pussey" stories by Daniel
Clowes, collected in Pussey!, feature an exploitative
publisher who relies on Lee's gung-ho style and "Bullpen"
mythology to motivate his stable of naive and underpaid
creators; the stories mainly satirize the state of
mainstream comics in the 1990s, but also the subculture
of young superhero fans that Lee helped to create.
In Marvel's 1991 comic book adaptation of game Double
Dragon, a character modeled after Stan Lee was specifically
created for the comic and is introduced as the father
of the protagonists, Billy and Jimmy Lee. The character
is only referred by his first name, Stan, although
the play on his name is obvious when one considers
the Lee brothers' surname.
In X-Play on the cable network G4, the character "Roger,
the Stan Lee Experience" - dubbed "the fifth-best-thing
next to Stan Lee" - is a foul-mouthed, perverted
stand-up comic parody of Lee. Roger's segments normally
consist of him describing details of numerous unspeakable
adult encounters, usually involving the wife of another
Marvel veteran, Jack Kirby, with each encounter somehow
leading to the creation of a well-known Marvel character.
In Marvel's July 1997 "Flashback" event,
a top-hatted caricature of Lee as a ringmaster introduced
stories which detailed events in Marvel characters'
lives before they became superheroes, in special "-1"
editions of many Marvel titles. The "ringmaster"
depiction of Lee was originally from Generation X
#17 (July 1996), where the character narrated a story
set primarily in an abandoned circus. Though the story
itself was written by Scott Lobdell, the narration
by "Ringmaster Stan" was written by Lee
himself, and the character was drawn in that issue
by Chris Bachalo. Bachalo's depiction of "Ringmaster
Stan" was later used in the heading of a short-lived
revival of the "Stan's Soapbox" column,
which evolved into a question & answer format.
In his given name of Stanley Lieber, Stan Lee appears
briefly in Paul Malmont's 2006 novel "The Chinatown
Death Cloud Peril".
Lee and other comics creators are mentioned in Michael
Chabon's 2000 novel about the comics industry The
Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay.
On one of the last pages of "Truth: Red, White,
and Black", Lee appears in a real photograph
among other celebrities on a wall of the Bradley home.
In Ultimate X-Men #20, a caricature of Lee appears
as a photograph next to the letter Xavier leaves for
In Stan Lee Meets Superheroes, Stan Lee comes in to
contact with some of his favorite creations. The series
was written by Lee himself.
and television appearances
Lee appeared in cameos as one-scene characters in
many (but not all) movies based on Marvel Comic characters
he helped create.
In the TV-movie The Trial of the Incredible Hulk (1989),
Lee's first appearance in a Marvel movie or TV project
is as jury foreman in the trial of Dr. Bruce Banner.
Lee has cameo roles in the Fox Broadcasting Company
telefilms Generation X (1996) and Nick Fury: Agent
of Shield (1998)
In X-Men (2000), Lee appears as a customer at a hotdog
stand on the beach when Senator Kelly emerges naked
onshore after escaping from Magneto.
In Spider-Man (2002), he appeared during Spider-Man's
first battle with the Green Goblin, pulling a little
girl away from falling debris.
In Daredevil (2003), as a child, Matt Murdock stops
Lee from crossing the street and getting hit by a
In Hulk (2003), he appears walking alongside former
TV-series Hulk Lou Ferrigno in an early scene, both
as security guards at Bruce Banner's lab. It was his
first speaking role in a film based on one of his
In Spider-Man 2 (2004), Lee again pulls an innocent
person away from danger during Spider-Man's first
battle with Doctor Octopus.
In Fantastic Four (2005), Lee appears for the first
time as a character from the comics, in a role credited
as Willie Lumpkin, the mail carrier who greets the
Fantastic Four as they enter the Baxter Building.
In X-Men: The Last Stand (2006), Lee and Chris Claremont
appear as two of Jean Grey's neighbors in the opening
scenes set 20 years ago. Lee, credited as "Waterhose
man," is watering the lawn when Jean telekinetically
redirects the water from the hose into the air.
In Spider-Man 3 (2007), Lee appears in a credited
role as "Man in Times Square". He stands
next to Peter Parker, both of them reading a news
bulletin, and commenting to Peter that, "You
know, I guess one person can make a difference".
He then says his catchphrase, "'Nuff said."
In Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007),
Lee appears as himself at Reed Richards' and Susan
Storm's first wedding, being turned away by a security
guard for not being on the guest list. In Fantastic
Four Annual #3 (1965), in which the couple married,
Lee and Jack Kirby are similarly turned away.
In Iron Man (2008), Lee (credited as "Himself")
appears at a gala cavorting with three blond women,
where Tony Stark mistakes him for Hugh Hefner. In
the theatrical release of the film, Stark simply greets
Lee as "Hef" and moves on without seeing
Lee's face; another version of the scene was filmed
where Stark realizes his mistake, but Lee graciously
responds, "That's okay, I get this all the time."
In Incredible Hulk (2008), Lee appears as a hapless
citizen who accidentally ingests a soft drink mixed
with Bruce Banner's blood, leading to the discovery
of Dr. Banner's location in a bottling plant in Brazil.
In the original broadcast airing of the Superman:
The Animated Series episode "Apokolips... Now!
Part 2", an animated Stan Lee was planned to
be visible mourning the death of Daniel "Terrible"
Turpin, a character based on Lee's collaborator Jack
Kirby. The scene would also have included such Marvel
characters as the Fantastic Four, Nick Fury, and Peter
Parker, as well as such Kirby DC characters as Big
Barda, Scott Free, and Orion. This shot appeared in
the completed episode and was aired in 7 February
1998 in WB Kids, but was later removed in the DVD
release of the episode.
Other film, TV and video
Lee appears with director Kevin Smith and 2000s Marvel
editor-in-chief Joe Quesada in the DVD program "Marvel
Then & Now: An Evening with Stan Lee and Joe Quesada,
hosted by Kevin Smith".
Lee narrated the 2000 film Citizen Toxie: The Toxic
Avenger IV, under the pseudonym "Peter Parker."
One of Lee's earliest contributions to animation based
on Marvel properties was narrating the 1980s Incredible
Hulk animated series, always beginning his narration
with a self-introduction and ending with "This
is Stan Lee saying, Excelsior!" Lee had previously
narrated the "Seven Little Superheroes"
episode of Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends, which
the Hulk series was paired with for broadcast.
Lee did the narration for the original 1989 X-Men
animated series pilot titled Pryde of the X-Men.
Lee was executive producer of a 1990s animated TV
series, titled Spider-Man: The Animated Series. He
appeared, as animated character (and with his voice),
in the series finale episode titled "Farewell,
Spider-Man". Spider-Man was teleported into the
"real" world where he is a comic book hero.
He swings Stan Lee around and drops him off on top
of a building. Realizing he is stuck on a roof, Lee
muses "Maybe the Fantastic Four will pop up and
get me down."
He also voices the character "Frank Elson"
in an episode of Spider-Man: The New Animated Series
series broadcast by MTV in 2003, and titled "Mind
Games" (Parts 1 & 2, originally aired in
Aug. 15 & 22, 2003).
Lee has an extensive cameo in the Kevin Smith film
Mallrats. He once again plays himself, this time visiting
"the" mall to sign books at a comic store.
Later, he takes on the role of a sage-like character,
giving Jason Lee's character, Brodie Bruce (a longtime
fan of Lee's), advice on his love life. He also recorded
interviews with Smith for the non-fiction video Stan
Lee's Mutants, Monsters, and Marvels (2002).
Lee appeared as himself in an extended self-parodying
sketch on the episode "Tapping a Hero" of
Lee appears as himself in writer-director Larry Cohen's
The Ambulance (1990), in which Eric Roberts plays
an aspiring comics artist.
In The Simpsons episode "I Am Furious Yellow"
(April 28, 2002), Lee voices the animated Stan Lee,
who is a prolonged visitor to Comic Book Guy's store
("Stan Lee came back?" "Stan Lee never
left. I am starting to think his mind is no longer
in mint condition.") He asks if Comic Book Guy
is the stalker of Lynda Carter - the star of the 70s
show Wonder Woman - and shows signs of dementia, such
as breaking a customer's toy Batmobile by trying to
cram a Thing action figure into it (claiming that
he "made it better"), hiding DC comics behind
Marvel comics, and believing that he is the Hulk (and
fails trying to become the Hulk, while Comic Book
Guy comments he couldn't even change into Bill Bixby).
In a later episode, Lee's picture is seen next to
several others on the wall behind the register, under
the heading "Banned for life".
Lee also appears as himself in the Mark Hamill-directed
Comic Book: The Movie (2004), a direct-to-video mockumentary
primarily filmed at the 2002 San Diego Comic-Con.
He appeared in The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement
(2004) as the "Three Stooges Wedding Guest",
a Spaniard who learns English from watching Three
Stan Lee narrates the 2000 video game Spider-Man and
the 2001 sequel Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro.
Lee is producer and host of the reality-TV show Who
Wants to Be a Superhero?, which premiered on the Sci
Fi Channel July 27, 2006, and had its second season
in summer, 2007.
Lee has made two appearances as a subject on To Tell
the Truth: first in 1970, and again in 2001.
Lee also made an appearance on December 21, 2006,
on the NBC game show Identity.
Lee voices characters in POW! Entertainment's direct-to-DVD
"Stan Lee Presents" line of animated features.
In Mosaic he voices the security guard Stanley at
Interpol, and in The Condor he voices a candy-store
owner whose granddaughter the Condor saves.
In the "Unexpected" episode of the TV science-fiction
drama Heroes (2006), Lee appears as a bus driver kindly
greeting Hiro Nakamura.
recorded a public service announcement for Deejay
Ra's "Hip-Hop Literacy" campaign
the 2007 Comic-Con International, Marvel Legends introduced
a Stan Lee action figure. The body beneath the figure's
removable cloth wardrobe is re-used from the mold
of a previously released Spider-Man action figure,
with only minor changes. (Credit:
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