Captain America, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Stan Lee…Remembering the real ‘hero’ of Marvel Comics

From humble beginnings to legendary, one man’s imagination influenced “heroic” storytelling for generations to come


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The world remembers the great contributions of comic book legend Stan Lee. Lee passed away Nov. 12, 2018 in Los Angeles.

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The world remembers the great contributions of comic book legend Stan Lee. Lee,95, passed away Nov. 12, 2018 in Los Angeles.

Stan Lee


Stan Lee was an American Comic Book writer, He also produced many movies. Some comics and movies you may know are The Hulk Or Superman –  maybe even Deadpool. He made many stories but, his own story ended November 12, 2018.

His daughter said to CNN that her father was taken by ambulance from his Los Angeles home on  Monday morning to Cedar’s Sinai Medical Center where he later died. No one currently know’s what caused his death, but he has suffered from many illnesses this year.

Some people know who Stan Lee is but have never seen a movie or read a comic or even seen his face. Despite his popularity, however, there are some people who might have never heard of Stan Lee. Here is a brief history lesson.

According to biographies on Stan Lee from the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) and, there is a wealth of information about the father of the Marvel Comics Universe. Let’s get started:  Stanley Martin Lieber was born December 28, 1922, in Manhattan, New York City, NY. to Romanian Jewish Immigrants.

“I felt someday I’d write the Great American Novel and I didn’t want to use my real name on these silly little comics””

— Stan Lee

He had a rough childhood, including surviving the great depression. In their small, one-bedroom apartment, Lee spent most of his time by reading and watching movies. He went to DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx and had worked several part time jobs. His initiation into the world of action comics came when he was hired to be an interim (temporary) editor at Timely Comics. 

He was married to his wife, the late Joan Lee for nearly 70 years. He had two children with Joan they were named Joan Celia Lee, And Jan Lee.

MCU fans looked forward to seeing cameo appearances by Lee in all of the films from Marvel Studios based on the characters he helped birth. Stan Lee was named a Disney Legend and is in the  comic book industry’s Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame, as well as the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame.  

I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize… if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.”

— Stan Lee