Slide2Born in New York City on December 28, 1922, Stan Lee went on to work for the company that would eventually become Marvel Comics. With artist Jack Kirby, Lee launched the superhero team the Fantastic Four in 1961, and was soon responsible for creating popular characters like Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk and Thor. Lee later worked in a number of comic- related business and multimedia ventures. STAN LEE BIOGRAPHY Who Was Stan Lee?
Slide10Early Life and Career Stanley Martin Lieber was born on December 28, 1922, in New York City to Romanian immigrants Celia and Jack Lieber. With part of his childhood spent during the Great Depression, Lieber and his younger brother, Larry, watched his parents struggle to make ends meet for the family. Lieber, who later shortened his name to "Lee" as a writer, went on to be hired as an office assistant at Timely Comics in 1939 and became an interim editor for the company in the early 1940s. Lee also served domestically in the Army during World War II, working as a writer and illustrator. STAN LEE BIOGRAPHY
Slide12In the early '60s, Lee was called upon by his boss to create a series for Marvel Comics (Timely's new name) that could compete with rival DC Comics' hit title Justice League of America. Citing writing influences like Sir Arthur Conan Doyle and Jules Verne, and following the encouragement of his wife, Joan, Lee did away with some of the usual superhero conventions. Hence, with artist and co-creator Jack Kirby, the Fantastic Four was born in 1961. STAN LEE BIOGRAPHY Co-creating the Fantastic Four
Slide14Following the success of the Fantastic Four, a slew of new characters soon sprung from Lee and his Marvel cohorts, including the Hulk, Spider- Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil and the X-Men. STAN LEE BIOGRAPHY Hulk, Spider-Man and More Join Marvel's Lineup
Slide11STAN LEE BIOGRAPHY Hulk, Spider-Man and More Join Marvel's Lineup Lee was particularly known for his dynamism with copy and for imbuing his characters with a sense of humanity, tackling real- world issues like bigotry and drug use, which would influence comics for decades. An outgoing, humorous showman, he also developed a number of slogans as part of his shtick, including a Latin-derived call to rise, "Excelsior!"
Slide13Marvel Comics became a highly popular franchise, and Stan Lee was promoted to editorial director and publisher in 1972. He later moved to the West Coast to be involved in Marvel's film ventures and eventually became chairman emeritus. STAN LEE BIOGRAPHY Hulk, Spider-Man and More Join Marvel's Lineup
Slide15Lee endured the loss of his wife of nearly 70 years, Joan, in July 2017. He then gave fans a scare when he checked into a hospital for an irregular heartbeat and shortness of breath the following January. However, the comic book titan was discharged shortly afterward, and announced he was ready to resume a full schedule with the latest Marvel feature, Black Panther, soon to be released. STAN LEE BIOGRAPHY Later Health Problems, Legal Battles & Death
Slide16Although things seemed to be humming along nicely for Lee and the Marvel universe, an April 2018 feature in The Hollywood Reporter painted a far different story. According to the publication, Lee's daughter J.C. and other insiders were engaged in a battle over care of the 95-year-old and the future of his estate, the sides pitting Lee against one another and inducing him to dismiss formerly trusted associates. The piece also described J.C.'s tempestuous relationship with Lee, including an incident in which she physically assaulted both of her elderly parents. Stan Lee died on November 12, 2018 in Los Angeles, California. STAN LEE BIOGRAPHY Later Health Problems, Legal Battles & Death
Slide5Spider-Man is the quintessential Marvel character. Although a super hero, he is spared none of the slings and arrows of ordinary life; he experiences difficulties with friends, family, sweethearts and employers. His powers enable him to do good, but not to improve his own lot in life, and it is his simple humanity, rather than his exotic talent, that has won him millions of enthusiastic fans. He is one super-hero who has not lost the common touch, and in fact he is frequently described as "your friendly neighborhood Spider-Man." SPIDER-MAN
Slide18In his 1962 debut, Spider-Man took to fighting crime for a reason commonplace in comc books: he was motivated by the murder of a father figure, his Uncle Ben. Yet Spidey's driving force is guilt, not revenge; he must live forever with the knowledge that he could have prevented the killing if he had not been so self absorbed. Perhaps he suffers from a classic Oedipus complex; in any case he is certainly neurotic, forever agonizing over the choices that confront him when he attempts to do the right thing. Despite his best efforts, he is viewed with a touch of suspicion by those in authority, and is sometimes considered little more than a criminal himself. SPIDER-MAN
Slide23CAPTAIN AMERICA Steve Rogers was born during the Depression and grew up a frail youth in a poor family. His father died when he was a child, his mother when he was in his late teens. Horrified by newsreel footage of the Nazis in Europe, Rogers was inspired to try to enlist in the Army. However, because of his frailty and sickness, he was rejected. Overhearing the boy's earnest plea to be accepted, General Chester Phillips of the U.S. Army offered Rogers the opportunity to take part in a special experiment called Operation: Rebirth. Rogers agreed and was taken to a secret laboratory in Washington, D.C. where he was introduced to Dr. Abrahan Erskine (code named: Prof. Reinstein), the creator to the Super-Soldier formula.
Slide27CAPTAIN AMERICA After weeks of tests, Rogers was at last administered the Super-Soldier serum. Given part of the compound intravenously and another part orally, Rogers was then bombarded by "vita-rays," a special combination of exotic (in 1941) wavelengths of radiation designed to accelerate and stabilize the serum's effect on his body. Steve Rogers emerged from the vita-ray chamber with a body as perfect as a body can be and still be human. A Nazi spy who observed the experiment murdered Dr. Erskine mere minutes after its conclusion.
Slide20DAREDEVIL Matt Murdock was born in the 1980s to Maggie Grace a nun and Jack Murdock, a washed-up boxer. Shortly after Matt’s birth Maggie returned to the church after being unable to properly care for Matthew with her Post-Partum Depression and as a result Matt was raised solely by his father. Jack consistently urged his young son to study hard and make something of himself, so Matt would not end up like him. When Jack returned from boxing matches, Matt would stitch his injuries. During one of these sessions, Jack allowed Matthew to have a drink of scotch, to keep a steady hand.Matthew stayed awake at night listening to sirens, trying to know what they were, creating stories for them
Slide21DAREDEVIL When he was nine years old, Murdock saved an elderly man from being hit by a RAND Oil & Chemicals truck, causing an accident. Hazardous chemicals from the flipped truck splashed on his face and came in contact with his eyes, Murdock was blinded. The last sight he had was of his father trying to comfort him. He screamed in pain and fear when he realized he would never see again.
Slide6HULK Dr. Bruce Banner is a brilliant nuclear physicist, but in an accident he is caught in an extremely strong gamma radiation. As a result, he develops into a large, green creature with superhuman powers. Whenever Banner becomes angry he turns into the Hulk. Over the years, there were different types of the comic Hulks. The most popular is the Savage Hulk, with little intelligence and great anger. In addition, there are the horrors Hulk, also known as Joe Fixit, Merged Hulk or The Professor and the Devil Hulk. All these Hulks represent certain aspects of the personality of Bruce Banner.
Slide19THOR Thor is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, based on the Norse deity of the same name, is the Asgardian god of thunder and possesses the enchanted hammer Mjolnir, which grants him the ability to fly and manipulate weather amongst his other superhuman attributes. Debuting in the Silver Age of Comic Books, the character first appeared in Journey into Mystery #83 (August 1962) and was created by editor-plotter Stan Lee, scripter Larry Lieber, and penciller-plotter Jack Kirby.
Slide7IRON MAN Iron Man is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was co-created by writer and editor Stan Lee, developed by scripter Larry Lieber, and designed by artists Don Heck and Jack Kirby. The character made his first appearance in Tales of Suspense #39 (cover dated March 1963), and received his own title in Iron Man #1 (May 1968). A wealthy American business magnate, playboy, and ingenious scientist, Anthony Edward "Tony" Stark suffers a severe chest injury during a kidnapping. When his captors attempt to force him to build a weapon of mass destruction, he instead creates a powered suit of armor to save his life and escape captivity. Later, Stark develops his suit, adding weapons and other technological devices he designed through his company, Stark Industries
Slide8THE THING The Thing (Ben Grimm) is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character is a founding member of the Fantastic Four. The Thing was created by writer-editor Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby, and he first appeared in The Fantastic Four #1 (November 1961). The character is known for his trademark rocky appearance, sense of humor, and famous battle cry, "It's clobberin' time!" The Thing's speech patterns are loosely based on those of Jimmy Durante. A
Slide9DOCTOR STRANGE Stephen Vincent Strange M.D., Ph.D was a powerful sorcerer and a leading member of the Masters of thE Mystic Arts. Originally a brilliant yet arrogant neurosurgeon, Strange had suffered a car accident, resulting in his hands becoming crippled. When Western medicine failed him, Strange embarked on a journey that led him to Kamar-Taj where Strange had made the discovery of magic and alternate dimensions, being trained by the Ancient One. Though focused on healing his hands, Strange learned more of the mystic arts and helped the Masters prevent Kaecilius from merging Earth with their Dark Dimension, but not before witnessing the Ancient One's death. With the demise of his mentor, Strange became the protector of the New York Sanctum within New York City as well as Earth's protector from any inter-dimensional threats.
Slide22Charles Xavier Charles Francis Xavier was the mutant son of wealthy nuclear researcher, Dr. Brian Xavier, and his wife, Sharon Xavier- Marko. While gestating in his mother's womb, Charles' twin was recognized by Charles as an evil presence and he preemptively tried to kill it with his nascent psychic abilities, causing the fetus' miscarriage. After Dr. Xavier's death in an accident, Sharon married his colleague Dr. Kurt Marko who brought his son by a previous marriage, Cain Marko to live in their ancestral mansion. Dr. Marko favored the gentle, smart Charles over his own son, which led to Cain constantly bullying Charles and Dr. Marko secretly beating Cain. Sharon married Dr. Marko because she believed that it would be best for Charles
Slide25Stan Lee's first live-action cameo was as a jury member in the TV movie "The Trial of the Incredible Hulk" (1989).
Slide31His first cinematic Marvel cameo was as a hot dog vendor in "X-Men" (2000).
Slide24He showed up as a surprised bystander who saved a little girl from debris in "Spider-Man" (2002).
Slide30A young Matt Murdock saves a distracted Lee from walking into traffic in "Daredevil" (2003).
Slide29Lee and former Hulk actor Lou Ferrigno were security guards in 2003's "Hulk."
Slide28He saves a woman from rubble while Spider-Man clashes with Doc Ock in "Spider-Man 2" (2004).
Slide33In "Fantastic Four" (2005), Lee appears as mailman Willie Lumpkin, a character he created in the comics.
Slide32Lee gets extremely weirded out when Jean Grey begins using her telekinesis in "X-Men: The Last Stand" (2006).
Slide34Lee is a wedding crasher who is turned away at the entrance in 2007's "Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer."
Slide35He comes across Peter Parker in Times Square in 2007's "Spider-Man 3."
Slide36Tony Stark mistakes Lee for Hugh Hefner in 2008's "Iron Man."
Slide37Here he is grabbing a drink in 2008's "The Incredible Hulk."
Slide38In a nod to his original "Iron Man" cameo, Tony mistakes Lee for Larry King in "Iron Man 2" (2010).
Slide39Lee unsuccessfully tries to drag Thor's hammer with his pickup truck in the first "Thor" (2011).
Slide40In "Captain America: The First Avenger" (2011), Lee plays a WWII general at a press conference for Cap.
Slide41Lee pops up in a newsreel as a chess player being interviewed in the first "Avengers" movie (2012).
Slide42Lee grooves out to classical music while Spider-Man and the Lizard battle behind him in "The Amazing Spider-Man" (2012).
Slide43Lee gives a beauty contestant a perfect "10" in "Iron Man 3" (2013).
Slide44He appears as a patient in a mental institution in 2013's "Thor: The Dark World."
Slide45Lee is a security guard who loses Captain America's costume (Cap stole it) in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" (2014).
Slide46Lee attends Peter's graduation during 2014's "The Amazing Spider-Man 2."
Slide47Rocket Raccoon spies him in 2014's "Guardians of the Galaxy" flirting with a young woman.
Slide48Lee pops up as a military vet in "Avengers: Age of Ultron" (2015) who must be carried away after getting too drunk on Asgardian liquor at a victory party.
Slide49He's a grizzled yet friendly bartender in "Ant-Man" (2015).
Slide50Stan Lee's "Deadpool" (2016) cameo is as raunchy as the film itself. Lee appears as an emcee at a strip club.
Slide51In "Captain America: Civil War" (2016), Lee appears in one of the final scenes as a Fed-Ex deliveryman with a package for Tony Stark.
Slide52In "X-Men: Apocalypse" (2016), he stands with his real wife, Joan Lee, during a scene in which Apocalypse uses his powers to launch all the world's nuclear weapons into space, essentially disarming the entire planet.
Slide53In "Doctor Strange," Lee pops up on a bus in New York City reading a copy of "The Doors of Perception."
Slide54Lee's cameo in "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" has him dressed as an astronaut as he sits and tells stories to three celestial beings.
Slide55In "Spider-Man: Homecoming" he plays Gary, a man yelling out a window at Spidey.
Slide56Lee's cameo in "Thor: Ragnarok" (2017) has him wearing arm bands that have sharp shears on the end to cut off Thor's hair.
Slide57Lee appears as Peter Parker's bus driver in "Avengers: Infinity War."