Stan Lee turns 92 today, and shows no signs of stopping now.
Comicbook.com is reporting that Stan Lee began life as Stanley Martin Leiber on December 28, 1933 in New York City, New York.
Lee helped Marvel comics go from a small publication house to a multi-million dollar media juggernaut. His most iconic creations, including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and the X-Men, have become movie moneymakers. And though Lee is not as involved with the day-to-day operations, retirement is far from his mind. He still consults as Chairman Executive, now that Disney owns the rights to all of the Marvel universe, and is busy attending quite a few Comicons, including his own Comicaze Expo, of which he is founder and CEO.
Lee is still busy developing new characters for his POW! Entertainment company. He continues his charitable works with the Stan Lee Foundation, which works to promote literacy, the arts, culture, and diversity while improving literary access for all.
And, lest we forget, there are the treasured cameo appearances Lee makes in films. As of this date, Lee has made 20 cameo appearances in Marvel films.
Lee has been married to Joan Clayton Boocock Lee since 1947. The couple had two children, Joan Celia or JC, born in 1950, and Jan Lee, born in 1953, but unfortunately died three days later.
Lee got into the comic book business after getting out of the Army in 1945, working telephone poles and being classified as a playwright. According to Moviepilot, Lee is happy with what he’s done, listing Spider-Man as his favorite. He would like to see something with Black Panther or Doctor Strange. This interview was done before Marvel named Benedict Cumberbatch, of the BBC TV series drama Sherlock, to be the lead in the upcoming Doctor Strange movie.
Lee is content with his work, as he gave an emphatic answer of “no” when asked if he would like to try redo another person’s movie or character. He also compliments those who run Marvel, applauding their decisions to rework superheroes while maintaining their human frailty, sometimes combining the pain of battle with the pain of real life.
Lee did announce there were new projects down the pipeline. One he could tell the public about was Annihilator, a new superhero movie currently in the development stage.
One thing is certain — at some point in the new film, we’ll see Stan Lee making a cameo appearance, and we’ll all laugh. Happy Birthday, Stan!
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