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Stan Lee: A Real Superhero

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Christine Leal, Staff Writer

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We all know Stan Lee: writer, editor, publisher, actor, and real-life superhero. He created many of the most beloved heroes, villains, vigilantes, and characters that we know today. He was the beginning of the empire that is Marvel Studios.

All of us have our favorite characters that we can relate to. The average high schooler, like many of us, can relate to the amazing Spiderman: a regular teen with ordinary struggles like homework and tests, but also has the responsibility of saving New York from danger. People of ethnic minorities can relate to heroes like Black Panther, Miles Morales, Ms. Marvel, Ms. America, or Silk. No matter who you are, who you love, or where you come from, there is a hero for you. We all owe that to the man, the myth, the legend, the late Stan Lee.

Stanley Lieber was born on December 28, 1922 and began his career at Timely Comics as an office assistant in 1939. He was promoted to editor in 1942. Around that time, he began writing comics under the name, Stan Lee. The reason he chose to write under an alias was because comic books weren’t popular at the time and he didn’t want his name to be associated with comics. A bit of irony, especially since he eventually became renowned for his comics, which caused him to later change his name to Stan Lee.

In 1961, Stan Lee and artist Jack Kirby created The Fantastic Four comics. Their group soon became Marvel, which started to become a major player in the comic book world. Lee created Spider-Man a year later with artist Steve Ditko. Soon, The Incredible Hulk and X-Men joined the lineup.

Soon after, movie and tv show adaptations came from the vast roster of Marvel Comics characters. Beginning with the movie, “Captain America” in 1944 and animated show, “The Marvel Super Heroes” in 1966. Many of the later film adaptations were incredibly successful. Like X-Men in 2000 and Spider-Man in 2003, which inspired billion-dollar franchises. Also, not to mention Avengers: Infinity War, which is known as one of the highest grossing movies of all time.

Mr. Lee had written books such as “Origins of Marvel Comics” in 1974 and “Excelsior! The Amazing Life of Stan Lee” in 2002. In 2008, he received a National Medal of Arts.

Stan Lee tragically passed away on this past November 12.

Stan Lee’s legacy will be remembered for years to come in the form of his comic book and superhero empire. His characters have inspired an incredible amount of charitability and good will in the world, inspiring others to be heroes too.

Excelsior!

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