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Profile of the Day: Stan Lee

Profile of the Day: Stan Lee

Stan Lee

Today we remember comic book legend Stan Lee, who passed away yesterday at the age of 95. A prolific writer and visionary, Lee co-created some of the most iconic superheroes of all time.

Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922 in New York City, New York. His parents were both Jewish immigrants from Romania. As a teen, Lee enjoyed creating stories and had dreams of becoming a writer. He worked several odd jobs, including some time writing obituaries for a news service.

Then in 1939, he landed a job at Timely Comics, a comic book publishing company and predecessor to Marvel Comics. It was there that he made his comic book debut with a two-page story for Captain America under the pen name, Stan Lee.

During World War II,  Lee enlisted in the United States Army and served in the Signal Corps, where he wrote manuals, training films, and slogans. Other members of the Signal Corps included Academy Award winner Frank Capra and children’s book author Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr. Seuss.

After the war, Lee returned to work and with artist Jack Kirby created the Fantastic Four. Following its success, Lee would go on to co-create some of Marvel Comics most popular and iconic superheroes, including the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the X-Men, and Spiderman. Lee’s characters revolutionized the comic book world and later, exploded into pop culture when the characters were brought to the big screen. Lee frequently made cameo appearances in the movies based on Marvel characters, many of which have become some of the highest grossing movies of all time.

Sadly, Lee died on November 12, 2018. RIP Stan Lee.

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