Comic book legend Stan Lee gave the world some of the greatest superheroes of all time. The creator of memorable characters flawed by human frailties such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk was declared dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on November 12. As the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, Lee was widely considered the architect of the contemporary comic book.
“I think everybody loves things that are bigger than life. I think of them as fairy tales for grown-ups,” he once told The Associated Press in a 2006 interview. “We all grew up with giants and ogres and witches. Well, you get a little bit older and you’re too old to read fairy tales. But I don’t think you ever outgrow your love for those kinds of things, things that are bigger than life and magical and very imaginative.”
Here are some of the lesser-known facts about the legendary comic writer:
‘Chakra – The Invincible‘ – Stan Lee’s first “Indian superhero”
‘Chakra – The Invincible‘, that featured a Mumbai teen Raju Rai, was the first Indian superhero created by comic legend Stan Lee – in collaboration with the local artists and writers. It first appeared in comic book form in 2011 and later, an animated film aired on Cartoon Network India in 2013.
Lee felt the world would hate Iron Man
Who would ever hate the handsome multi-millionaire Tony Stark? Well, reportedly the character’s creator wasn’t convinced that the audience would love the weapons maker. When Iron Man made his comic book debut in 1963, the world was fully involved in the Cold War and therefore Lee felt that the young readers would hate reading anything related to warfare.
Stan Lee was a pseudonym
The world fondly knew him as Stan Lee, but reportedly that was not the name on his birth certificate. The renowned comic writer’s real name was Stanley Martin Lieber. Since he considered comic writing as his “lesser work”, he opted to use Stan Lee as a pseudonym. Reportedly, he kept his full name for the novels he intended to publish later in his career.
Also, his official US Army title during WW2 was ‘Playwright’.
Stan Lee’s wife was his personal hairdresser
Reportedly, Lee never visited a salon in his entire adult life to get his mane trimmed. It was because his late wife Joan Lee, who tragically died of a stroke in July 2017, would cut his hair.
Stan Lee’s first editing job fell into his lap at the age of 17
The creative genius worked at Timely Comics as an assistant at a young age. The company was looking for replacement for two fired editors and Lee was asked to fill in for the job. “So at 17 I was really running the place, and since I was my own writer and my own editor, and I’m my biggest fan — I love everything I write — I didn’t have much to change so I was able to get these stories moving very fast. There wasn’t much editing required”, Lee mentioned in Web of Stories in a 2016 interview.
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