Remembering Stan Lee on his Birthday

Stanley Martin Lieber, professionally known by ALL of us… Come on – there’s not a single person out there asking Stan whooooo?… as Stan Lee, was born on this day way back in 1922. Sadly he passed away on 12th November 2018 at the quite frankly awesome age of 95… Proving until his last days that he was as much of a super hero as the characters he brought to life during one of the most amazing and certainly most high profile and influential careers in the world of comic books!

The story of exactly how he got in to the industry varies slightly, even between accounts by Lee himself through his life, but what is certain is that he joined a small publishing house called Timely Publications around the age of 16 to 17 and that this small family owned business would eventually become Marvel Comics in the 1960s.

His comic book debut actually in the May 1941 issue #3 of Captain America Comics as a filler writer which is also where he first used the name Stan Lee, supposedly because he was embarrassed of being in a comic book rather than a novel or similar as comic books in those days (and I think to an extent still today) were considered somewhat low brow, and he had aspirations of being a big novel author one day…

…Aren’t we all glad that he stuck to the path he landed on!

Stan Lee in 1975, Photo by Alan Light

It was only 2 issues later that he would be promoted from filler writer to his own backup feature called “Headline Hunter, Foreign Correspondent” using the name Reel Nats, and then going on to co-creating his first superhero alongside Jack Binder & Alex Schomburg, “Destroyer” in Mystic Comics #6. However this was the first in a HUGE line of characters either created or co-created by him… Where he got his ideas from is just astounding as he created hundreds of new characters, with many of them remaining absolutely iconic today and turning in to the characters of some of the most successful movies in recent history… So let’s skip forward many years to that era of his career!

I don’t really want to gloss over the fact that he was made editor in 1941 as an interim position which he was so good at that he stayed there all the way until 1972 when he succeeded Martin Goodman as publisher. I also don’t want to overlook the fact that between all of this he also served with the US army in the signal corps doing repairs and later writing manuals, slogans and scripting training films…. By the way, he still got weekly letters from Timely Comics (which it was then called) to continue his writing duties with them, which he did every week. He even once had to break in to his own mail box (which he almost got prison time for) to make sure that he didn’t miss a deadline.

Also don’t forget that he even had a stint writing for DC where he re-imagined some of their comic universes, created his POW! Entertainment company and started his Stan Lee Foundation to provide access to literature, education and the arts in the USA to those who could not benefit from it normally.

To say that the man was a hard worker is an absolute understatement, and I just want to go back to calling him one of the superheroes he created… This might be why he made cameo appearances in so many movies and comics… he just fits in!

So going forward to the Marvel Cinematic Universe.

Possibly one of the most celebrated movie universes ever conceived!

It essentially wouldn’t exist without Stan Lee… We wouldn’t have had Thor & Loki, the X-Men, Iron Man, Hulk, Spider Man, the Fantastic Four, Scarlet Witch (I think we can overlook that he inspired Wanda Vision), Nick Fury, T’Challa, Hawk Eye, Dr Strange, Ant Man & the Wasp, Groot, Captain Marvel and Black Widow.

I mean sure we also wouldn’t have had Daredevil… but well, I suppose he can be forgiven to giving us that movie.

What would we be left with? The MCU being proper up by Captain America… On his own, maybe with a few of the characters from Guardians of the Galaxy and Shang-Chi?

Awesome!

The world of superheroes would NOT be what it is without Stan Lee and I really don’t think it would be as big as it is today without his characters and the way he wrote them… I know that there are plenty of Marvel characters not created by him and of course DC has their own cinematic universe… but does the darkness of DC make as good a movie as the technicolor craziness of Stan Lees creations? Hell no!

I for one am very grateful for Stan Lee and all he has done for the movies and comics we all love and have grown up with!

Stan Lee at Phoenix Comicon in 2014, photo by Gage Skidmore

Now here is that incredibly long (and probably incomplete list)! I counted 362 (and I’d better there are more) – that’s almost one character for every day of the year so writing a bio for each of them is not something I’m about to do!

Characters & Groups Created or Co-Created by Stan Lee

  • Abomination
  • Absorbing Man
  • Acrobat
  • Actor
  • Adria
  • Agon
  • Air-Walker
  • Liz Allan
  • Ancient One
  • Annihilus
  • Ant-Man
  • Ares
  • Asbestos Man
  • Athena
  • Attuma
  • Avengers
  • Awesome Android
  • Balder
  • Batroc the Leaper
  • Beast
  • Beetle
  • Uncle Ben
  • Billy Connors
  • Black Bolt
  • Black Knight
  • Black Knight – Nathan Garrett
  • Black Knight – Sir Percy
  • Black Panther
  • Black Widow
  • Blastaar
  • Blizzard
  • Blob
  • Blood Red Dragon
  • Bluebird
  • Boomerang
  • Bor
  • Betty Brant
  • Brother Voodoo
  • Brotherhood of Mutants
  • Burglar
  • Captain Marvel
  • Peggy Carter
  • Sharon Carter
  • Chameleon
  • Circus of Crime
  • Clea
  • Cobra
  • Izzy Cohen
  • Collector
  • Crime Master
  • Crimson Dynamo
  • Crystal
  • Cyclops
  • Cyttorak
  • D’Bari
  • Daily Bugle
  • Danger Room
  • Daredevil
  • Destroyer
  • Diablo
  • Dr Strange
  • Doctor Doom
  • Doomsday Man
  • Dormammu
  • Dragon Man
  • Dredmund the Druid
  • Doctor Druid
  • Dum Dum Dugan
  • Eel
  • Egghead
  • Ego the Living Planet
  • Electro
  • Enchanters Three
  • Enchantress
  • Enclave
  • Enforcers
  • Eternity
  • Executioner
  • Falcon
  • Fandral
  • Fantastic Four
  • Father Time
  • Doctor Faustus
  • Femizons
  • Fenris Wolf
  • Fin Fang Foom
  • Richard Fisk
  • Vanessa Fisk
  • Fixer
  • Funky Flashman
  • Forbush Man
  • Bill Foster
  • Jane Foster
  • Frederick Foswell
  • Frankenstein’s Monster
  • Frigga
  • Frightful Four
  • Nick Fury
  • Galactus
  • Mac Gargan
  • Gargoyle
  • Giant-Man
  • Gibbon
  • Giganto
  • Gladiator
  • Goliath
  • Goom
  • Gorgon
  • The Governator
  • Green Goblin
  • Grey Gargoyle
  • Jean Grey
  • Dr. John Grey
  • Grizzly
  • Groot
  • Growing Man
  • The Guardian Project
  • H.E.R.B.I.E.
  • Agatha Harkness
  • Hate-Monger
  • Hawkeye
  • Heimdall
  • Hela
  • Hercules
  • Hermes
  • High Evolutionary
  • Hijacker
  • Happy Hogan
  • Hogun
  • Hulk
  • Human Cannonball
  • Human Torch
  • Iceman
  • Immortus
  • Impossible Man
  • Inhumans
  • Invisible Woman
  • Iron Man
  • Jack Frost
  • Jack Murdock
  • Jackal
  • J. Jonah Jameson
  • John Jameson
  • Edwin Jarvis
  • Abner Jenkins
  • Jester
  • Gabe Jones
  • Rick Jones
  • Erik Josten
  • Juggernaut
  • Junior Juniper
  • Ka-Zar
  • Kaecilius
  • Kala
  • Kaluu
  • Kang the Conqueror
  • Kangaroo
  • Karnak
  • Master Khan
  • Kid Colt
  • Kingpin
  • Klaw
  • Eric Koenig
  • Kraglin
  • Krang
  • Kraven the Hunter
  • Kree
  • Laufey
  • Leader
  • Ned Leeds
  • Living Brain
  • Living Laser
  • Living Tribunal
  • Lizard
  • Lockjaw
  • Loki
  • Looter
  • Lucifer
  • Willie Lumpkin
  • Machinesmith
  • Mad Thinker
  • Madame Masque
  • Magneto
  • Man Mountain Marko
  • Man-Beast
  • Man-Thing
  • Mandarin
  • Mangog
  • Captain Marvel
  • Maria Pym
  • Martha Connors
  • Marvel Boy
  • Masked Marauder
  • Mastermind
  • Alicia Masters
  • Matador
  • Maximus
  • Aunt May
  • Medusa
  • Melter
  • Mentallo
  • Mephisto
  • Metal Master
  • Midgard Serpent
  • Mimic
  • Mindless Ones
  • Miracle Man
  • Mister Fear
  • Mister Hyde
  • MODOK
  • Mole Man
  • Molecule Man
  • Molten Man
  • Monsteroso
  • Montana
  • Baron Mordo
  • Mordred
  • Morgan le Fay
  • Mother Night
  • Mysterio
  • Count Nefaria
  • Foggy Nelson
  • Night Nurse
  • Nightmare
  • Doctor Octopus
  • Odin
  • Olympians
  • Harry Osborn
  • Norman Osborn
  • Overmind
  • Owl
  • Ox
  • Karen Page
  • Painter
  • Richard and Mary Parker
  • Pinky Pinkerton
  • Plantman
  • Plunderer
  • Pluto
  • Porcupine
  • Pepper Potts
  • Princess Python
  • Prowler
  • Psycho-Man
  • Puppet Master
  • Purple Man
  • Hank Pym
  • Quasimodo
  • Quicksilver
  • Radioactive Man
  • Rattler
  • Ravage 2099
  • Ravonna
  • Rawhide Kid
  • Red Barbarian
  • Red Ghost
  • Red Raven
  • Reed Richards
  • Rhino
  • Franklin Richards
  • Ringmaster
  • Randy Robertson
  • Robbie Robertson
  • Ronan the Accuser
  • Betty Ross
  • Thunderbolt Ross
  • Sandman
  • Happy Sam Sawyer
  • Scarecrow
  • Scarlet Witch
  • Scorpion
  • Sentinel
  • Sentry
  • Sersi
  • Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos
  • Shalla-Bal
  • She-Hulk
  • Shocker
  • Sif
  • Silvermane
  • Sinister Six
  • Jasper Sitwell
  • Skrull
  • Sleeper
  • Spencer Smythe
  • Spider-Man
  • Spider-Slayer
  • Spymaster
  • George Stacy
  • Gwen Stacy
  • Starborn
  • Farley Stillwell
  • Franklin Storm
  • Stranger
  • Stripperella
  • Mendel Stromm
  • Strongman
  • Baron Strucker
  • Super-Adaptoid
  • Super-Skrull
  • Supreme Intelligence
  • Surtur
  • Swordsman
  • T’Chaka
  • Glenn Talbot
  • Tana Nile
  • Terrible Trio
  • Ben Grimm
  • Flash Thompson
  • Thor
  • Tigra
  • Tinkerer
  • Titanium Man
  • Toad
  • Trapster
  • Bolivar Trask
  • Tricephalous
  • Triton
  • Two-Gun Kid
  • Tyr
  • Uatu
  • Ulik
  • Ultimo
  • Unicorn
  • Unus the Untouchable
  • Uranian
  • Vanisher
  • Volstagg
  • Vulture
  • Walking Stiletto
  • Adam Warlock
  • Warriors Three
  • Wasp
  • Watcher
  • Anna Watson
  • Mary Jane Watson
  • Whiplash
  • Whirlwind
  • Whiz Wilson
  • Wyatt Wingfoot
  • Witness
  • Wizard
  • Wonder Man
  • Wong
  • Wong-Chu
  • Warren Worthington III
  • Wrecker
  • X-Men
  • Professor X
  • Xemu
  • Yancy Street Gang
  • Ymir
  • Yon-Rogg
  • Yondu
  • Z
  • Zabu
  • Zarrko
  • Baron Zemo
  • Heinrich Zemo
  • Zeus
  • Zombie
  • Zota

Source, WikiPedia “Characters Created by Stan Lee”

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