Stan Lee arrives at the premiere of"Doctor Strange in Los Angeles
15 November, 2018, 08:08
What was he going to do next, and how was he ever going to care again? In recent years, he even turned up in movies on characters such as Deadpool, Ant-Man and Venom. If he was done, why not go out doing his own thing?
The Fantastic Four fought with each other.
The comic book business had been then dominated by DC (then National) Comics, creators of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and the Green Lantern. Without the war to focus their heroism, superheroes became overtly cartoonish.
Stan Lee, the creator of the fabulous Marvel Universe has bid adieu to the actual world.
This is my favorite Stan Lee story.at least without The Thing in it.
"There will never be another Stan Lee".
And then it happened, on the cover of Fantastic Four #3 (cover-dated March 1962): the FF in their blue team uniforms, zooming through a skyline in their tub-shaped Fantasticar, a barely noticeable "MC" in the top right corner.
"Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created".
The Marvel comic universe has a fantastic spirit. I think most people want the same thing.
"For once I wanted to write stories that wouldn't insult the intelligence of an older reader, stories with interesting characterization, more realistic dialogue and plots that hadn't been recycled a thousand times before", Lee wrote in his 2002 memoir, "Excelsior: The Amazing Life of Stan Lee".
Stan Lee has died aged 95. In the first Iron Man, he mistakes Stan for Hugh Hefner.
In 1962, Lee found an opportunity - the final edition of a comic called "Amazing Fantasy" - to introduce a character with spider-like capabilities to stick to walls and ceilings. I relate to that moment, just as much as I've ever related to every time Peter Parker, who was too nervous to talk to Mary Jane, or when Professor X watched his brother sell his soul to the extra dimensional chaos being Cyttorak to become The Unstoppable Juggernaut. In every character that he conceptualised there lives a part of him.
The stalwart of some of Marvel Comics' most famous and popular characters had been working in the comic book industry since 1939, when he started as an assistant at Timely Comics. He's been the constant.
Dozens of Marvel Comics movies, with almost all the major characters Lee created, were produced in the first decades of the 21st century, grossing over $20bn at theatres worldwide, according to box office analysts.
Tributes are flowing for the Marvel mastermind.
"I owe it all to you, Rest In Peace Stan". "But I never gave up, until it was published", Lee wrote on Twitter.
Edgar Wright, the British director of "Shaun of the Dead" and "Baby Driver" used Lee's catchphrase in his eulogy: "Thanks for inspiring so many of us to pick up a pen or pencil and put your dreams onto paper". I look at my nephews who went through X-Men and Spider-Man phases of their own, and now line up to see movies starring Lee's co-creations. Lee created superheroes that were endowed with powers but were nevertheless psychologically identifiable human beings with flaws, and that was different.
Until he retired from editing in 1971, Lee wrote all the copy for Marvel's covers.
With Stan's cameos mostly coming like comic relief, this one stood apart. It was his idea to take the kid sidekick and make him the star named Spider-Man.
Stan described the other party guests asking who this weird guy with a ponytail who's able to talk equally vague about social justice and mythology.
It's a model now adopted by the Hollywood producers beyond the Marvel Cinematic Universe - which releases its 21st film, "Captain Marvel", in March next year. This is the legacy he leaves behind - jobs created, myths told and retold, imaginations inspired, childhoods saved, friends made, memories cherished.
Stan was seen playing a World War II general at a press conference.
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