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Stan Lee

Stan Lee, the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Comics, is known to millions as the man whose Super Heroes propelled Marvel to its preeminent position in the comic book industry. Hundreds of legendary characters, including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, The Avengers, Thor and Dr. Strange, all grew out of his fertile imagination.

Lee was Executive Producer for Columbia's worldwide blockbuster Spider-Man, directed by Sam Raimi and starring Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst and Willem Dafoe. Spider-Man earned $114.8 million in its first weekend, the largest domestic opening of all time. To date, the film has surpassed $820 million in worldwide box office gross.

Lee was Executive Producer on Ang Lee's The Hulk starring Eric Bana and Jennifer Connelly. The film debuted in first place at the box office, grossing $62.1 million and setting a record for the biggest June opening ever.

It was in the early 1960s that Lee ushered in what has come to be known as The Marvel Age of Comics, creating major new Super Heroes while breathing life and style into such old favorites as Captain America, The Human Torch and The Sub Mariner.

During his first 25 years at Marvel, as editor, art director and head writer, Lee scripted no fewer than two and as many as five complete comic books per week. His prodigious output may comprise the largest body of published work by any single writer. Additionally, he wrote newspaper features, radio and television scripts and screenplays.

By the time he was named publisher of Marvel Comics in 1972, Lee's comics were the nation's biggest sellers. In 1977, he brought the Spider-Man character to newspapers in the form of a syndicated strip. This seven-days-a-week feature, which he has written and edited since its inception, is the most successful of all syndicated adventure strips, appearing in more than 500 newspapers worldwide.

In 1981, Marvel launched an animation studio on the West Coast and Lee moved to Los Angeles to become creative head of Marvel's cinematic adventures. He began to transform his Spider-Man and Hulk creations into Saturday morning television and paved the way for Marvel's entry into live-action feature films.

Lee has served as executive producer on a growing list of major films such as the recent blockbuster hits Spider-Man, X-Men, X2 and Daredevil.

His television credits include serving as Co-Producer and Creator of Stripperella on the Spike Cable Channel and as Executive Producer on Nick Fury Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., The Incredible Hulk, Generation X, Spider-Man and X-Men."

Lee has written more than a dozen best-selling books, including The Origins of Marvel Comics, The Best of the Worst, The Silver Surfer, How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way, The Alien Factor, Bring on the Bad Guys, Riftworld, The Superhero Women and his recent biography Excelsior! The Amazing Life of Stan Lee.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2005.

Stan Lee Facts

Birth Name Stanley Martin Lieber
OccupationProducer, Writer
BirthdayDecember 28, 1922 (98)
BirthplaceNew York, New York, USA
Social Media TheRealStanLee

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