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Stan Lee (1922 – )
A career in comics doesn’t begin, as Stanley Martin Lieber’s did, much more humbly than filling studio artists inkwells, getting their lunch, proofreading stories, and erasing pencils from finished pages.  But then a career in comics doesn’t often reach the status of living legend, either.  And if there is such a title in the comics genera, no one is it more appropriately bestowed upon than Stan Lee (1922 – ).

From his first published work in Captain America #3 in 1941, to the “Marvel Age of Comics” that introduced such beloved characters to the world as the Hulk, the X-Men and, of course, Spider-Man, to his cameo appearances in the later blockbuster films adapting their adventures, Lee is truly the rock star of the comics industry.  His collaboration with such other industry giants as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko in the creation of the previously mentioned characters as well as Thor, Iron Man, the Avengers, Dr. Strange and a whole host of supporting characters and villains has cemented Lee’s reputation as one of the most prolific creators in the industry’s history.

Lee has received the Producers Guild of America’s Vanguard Award, the National Medal of Arts award, was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the 2,428th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.  As Stan would say, “Excelsior!”

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