The most notable name in Marvel, let alone comicbooks, is Stan Lee. Lee is a writer that has been unafraid to challenge young readers. He’s admitted in various interviews to using college level (and above) vocabulary, so the youth could absorb the words into their everyday language.
Stan Lee is a man without condescension or compromise, and has a legacy of contributions to the comicbook world. On his 95th birthday, TheRealStanLee.com wanted to highlight some of his biggest accomplishments.
Stanley Martin Lieber joined the United States Army in WWII, writing scripts and manuals for the Signal Corps. Lee was then transferred to the Film Training Division in Queens, NY and was given the unique position of “playwright” with eight other soldiers.
Other members of this unit were cartoonist Charles Addams (creator of The Addams Family), Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan, director Frank Capra (1939’s Mr. Smith Goes to Washington and It’s a Wonderful Life ), and Theodor Geisel, also known as Dr. Seuss.
As a young man, Lee took up a job writing obituaries for a New York news office but quit because it was too “depressing.” In 1939, he began working for Timely Comics (a forerunner of Marvel) as an assistant for Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. He started out cleaning their inkwells and erasing the pencil lines on their art boards, but he was eventually given an assignment that changed his life forever. He was told to write a Captain America prose story, which he titled “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge.”
He wrote the two-pager under the pen name Stan Lee, as he wanted to save his legal name for when he would write “the Great American Novel.” That day never came, but the name stuck around. He used it to publish countless comicbook stories dating back to 1941. He’d eventually change it to “Stan Lee” legally.