Most comedian artists wriggle in almost total loss. Stan Lee was different. As a writer and editor, and later a publisher at Marval Comics, he was a one-man cheerleader class for the whole industry, he had the talent to back him up – a four-year period in the early 1960s saw him invent almost Marvell's entire Marvel which now dominates comics and cinema – It is his ongoing enthusiasm that has made him a beloved creator, well, Stan Lee, a name known even to those who have never read comics. Captain America Actor Chris Evans said today that "there will never be another Stan Lee … he will blow love and grace and will leave an indelible mark on it, so much life … Excelsior !!"
Stanley Martin Lieber began working as a graduate assistant Comics in time – Soon to be a wonder – at 17. One particularly busy day, the young assistant was asked to write a two-page quick story for an issue of Captain America (A figure he did not create, but was later revamp) and his career began under a shortened nickname that made his legal name. Until 1941, still only 19, he was appointed editor. He will remain in this position for 31 years. Sometimes, Marvel's Lee was churning out 40 or 50 books a month, across genres of horror and romance, of course, heroes. "Stress is not the word," he told Playboy at the time. "I was always on the cliff."
To keep up the pace, Lee used what was known as the Marvell Method. He would write a story with an artist and write a short synopsis. Then the artist would draw the pages, and I would fill in the dialogue. The extent of his credit was therefore sometimes controversial, especially by co-creators as very important as the artists Kirby and Steve Ditko. But while his credit should be, and is, common, there is no question of his overall influence. In the early sixties, Lee was asked to come up with a new hero team in response to the DC Justice League. Led by his wife, Van Gogh, and in planning a career change and feeling that he had nothing to lose, he decided to tell me the stories he wanted to tell and not leave anything on the table. As a result, he and his collaborators came with almost every hero earned a billion dollars at the box office: X-Men, Hulk and Four Fantastic with Kirby; Spider-Man and Dr. Strange with Ditko, Dardville with Bill Everett.
Lee had prepared his stories in New York because he knew the city: he knew where Baxter's Fantastic Four building would be, what part of Queens would be the home of Peter "Spider-Man" Parker, and Tony's "Iron Man" He also allowed his characters to enter and out of this world so that Spider-Man could apply to join the Fantastic Four (they did not search for candidates at the time), while Holk could connect with Ante-Mann to a group of avengers. But his real genius was the imperfections and injuries he had made to his characters. Spiderman's life was often worse in his abilities: he was late forever, torn between the superheroes and his duties toward family and friends (something that might be inspired by Lee's own workload). The Fantastic Four argued. X-Men faced prejudice and discrimination; Part had a power he could not control.
"If you do it too easy, too obvious, people will get bored," he told me The big issue In 2016. For me, superheroes were modern legends, and he did not think that anyone really passed the fantastic love, characters like us but bigger. But he also faced the real world. Lee used the editor's letters to talk about the same problems that confronted his characters, who speak of prejudice and racism. "It is completely illogical, obviously insane to denounce a whole race – to despise an entire people – to denigrate an entire religion … sooner or later, if a man is ever worthy of his fate, we must fill our hearts with tolerance."
Given that he was such a prominent figure in the sixties, perhaps it was inevitable that rumors about me ended up on the surface. There were theories that Spider-Man, Mary Jane, was a sacred reference to marijuana, a drug that Lilly claimed he had never tried; He even stopped smoking after blacks blazing absentmindedly at his sweaters. Wilder's stories made him compete with Mick Agger to collect girls in bars – and sometimes forever – but Lee also denied these, although he did make friends with Hugh Hefner after an 1981 expedition to Los Angeles to launch the characters of Marvel On TV. While he often played the old lecher on his campus in Marvel movies (The Guardians of the Galaxy, crazy), Lee's marriage to Jane lasted 70 years, and despite everything that happened, she angrily married the typewriter on which he had written many of his signature characters, something that had teased her for decades.
Lee has become very close to the hero Marvel himself to the fans, with Spiderman's enthusiasm, the good character of Captain America, and if you believe the reports (which he denied me), Tony Stark's wealth. After 32 years edited by Marvell, he seems to have really hit his stride as an adult statesman, cheering almost with one hand for Marvell in its early nineties, when the company faced bankruptcy. But it was when the cinema caught Marvel's stories that Lee really came back to himself, as filmmakers – almost all of them huge fans of Lee's work – brought him on deck to make witty charms in almost all Marvel movies (he missed X2). Sometimes he played the unlucky clatter of the protagonists-a museum guard had to explain how Captain America had stolen his uniform, a school librarian unaware that Spider-Man was fighting the Taha behind him-and sometimes a hero saved a passing passerby. By The Guardians of the Galaxy, It was suggested that he was an agent of extraterrestrial beings, the overseers, sent here to report the actions of the earth by a race of divine beings. It felt right, Lee came to the movie about Marvel movies, and the idea that he was watching the other adventures of heroic heroes like the Pope's blessing.
His repeated expression – "Excelsior!" – comes from the motto of New York State. Lee said, in 2014, that it says, "Keep moving forward, and if it's time to go, it's time … Nothing lasts forever. At the age of 95, he may have had a long time, but not enough time for his fan legions. He will be missed.