Why was Stan Lee Known as 'The Marvel Legend'?

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Why was Stan Lee Known as ‘The Marvel Legend’?

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‘Keep Moving Forward, and If It’s Time To Go, It’s Time. Nothing Lasts forever‘ – Stan Lee

The man behind the creation of Spider-man, Avengers, X-Men, etc. passed away on 12 November, 2018, leaving his entire fan-clan and film fraternities in a state of mourning. Would the Thor, the Iron Man or the Incredible Hulk – be able to survive without him? Will there be an emergence of a new superhero again? It is more like an end of an era, and his death has sure left a void in the hearts of many.

Born in Manhattan, New York, on December 28, 1922, even as a kid Stan Lee had a keen interest in books and movies that had heroic characters, especially the roles that were played by Errol Flynn. In his youth, he had dreams of writing the ‘Great American Novel’ one day. How many would be able to believe that the comedy writer even worked on jobs where he put words into obituaries or news services. It was after he graduated from high school, that in 1939 he joined WPA Federal Theater Project. The same year, Stan Lee became an assistant at ‘Timely Comics’ – whose publisher was Martin Goodman.

There the young Stanley Lieber made his comic-book debut with the text filler in the third segment of Captain America Comics naming – ‘Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge’. He later went to co-create his first superhero the Destroyer, in Mystic Comics #6, released in August 1941. He moved from Mystic Comics, to Training Film division to Atlas Comics, and continued his artistic works.

In the 1950s, Martin Goodman assigned Lee to come up with a new superhero team. By then, he was married to wife Joan, who suggested that he experiments with the characters as he himself was frustrated with the stereotypes formed of the superheroes. He acted on it and gave the characters a flawed humanity. They were no more – Idealistically Perfect. He brought the comics out of childhood, and expanded the visionary for the adults. The first group he brought together – the Fantastic Four. And the immediate attention Lee and Marvel’s illustrators gained, was enough for them to bring out a whole league of new titles which included: the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, X-Men, Black Widow, Doctor Strange etc. Not to miss out the most famous of them all – ‘Spider-Man’.

These Marvel comics engaged readers of all ages. The kids and teenagers were not the only ones who fondled on the comics. Stan Lee even made appearances in several Comic-Con International events. He was more of a super-hero himself, as he indulged in great deal of charity work as well. The Stan Lee Foundation aimed to focus on literacy, education, and the arts. He gave away his earnings as donations at the University of Wyoming as well. Although, not much can be said about his elderly years. In April 2018, The Hollywood Reporter published a report that claimed Lee was a victim of elder abuse. He was even battling pneumonia and took his last breath at the age of 95, due to the same.

I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.” – Stan Lee, The Washington Post

Find 3 tables below which highlight the works of Stan Lee:

S.N. Stan Lee’s 15 Most Iconic Superhero Creations
1 Spider-Man
2 X-Men
3 Iron Man
4 Thor
5 The Hulk
6 Black Widow
7 Ant-man
8 Doctor Strange
9 Hawkeye
10 Black Panther
11 Nick Fury
12 Inhumans
13 Scarlet Witch
14 Daredevil
15 Fantastic Four


S.N. The Best Comic Book Characters Created by Stan Lee
1 Spider-Man 64 Whiplash
2 Iron Man 65 Chameleon
3 The Avengers 66 Tigra
4 Hulk 67 MODOK
5 Magneto 68 Sharon Carter
6 Thor 69 Uatu
7 Professor X 70 Fin Fang Foom
8 Doctor Strange 71 Toad
9 Daredevil 72 Betty Ross Banner
10 Black Panther 73 Flash Thompson
11 Loki 74 Ego the Living Planet
12 Doctor Doom 75 Absorbing Man
13 Silver Surfer 76 Baron Strucker
14 Jean Grey 77 Annihilus
15 Black Widow 78 Thunderbolt Ross
16 Beast 79 Stripperella
17 Juggernaut 80 Foggy Nelson
18 Iceman 81 Franklin Richards
19 Cyclops 82 Purple Man
20 Scarlet Witch 83 Tinkerer
21 Galactus 84 Baron Mordo
22 Human Torch 85 Wrecker
23 Nick Fury 86 Mimic
24 Hawkeye 87 Joseph “Robbie” Robertson
25 Thing 88 Volstagg
26 Green Goblin 89 Molecule Man
27 Quicksilver 90 Crimson Dynamo
28 Dr. Otto Octavius 91 Mac Gargan
29 Henry Pym 92 Beetle
30 Angel 93 Klaw
31 Kingpin 94 Batroc the Leaper
32 Sentinel 95 Karen Page
33 Mary Jane Watson 96 Jackal
34 Odin 97 Happy Hogan
35 Falcon 98 Surtur
36 Gwen Stacy 99 Mole Man
37 J. Jonah Jameson 100 Prowler
38 Invisible Woman 101 Cobra
39 Black Bolt 102 Gorgon
40 She-Hulk 103 Bolivar Trask
41 Sandman 104 Swordsman
42 Wasp 105 Mister Hyde
43 Rhino 106 Whirlwind
44 Sif 107 Silvermane
45 Mister Fantastic 108 Boomerang
46 Mysterio 109 Dragon Man
47 Ronan the Accuser 110 Super-Adaptoid
48 Harry Osborn 111 Owl
49 Abomination 112 Grizzly
50 Adam Warlock 113 George Stacy
51 Pepper Potts 114 Tyrannus
52 Peggy Carter 115 Betty Brant
53 Electro 116 John Jameson
54 Ben Parker 117 Molten Man
55 Dormammu 118 Psycho-Man
56 Hercules 119 Hate-Monger
57 Super-Skrull 120 Unus the Untouchable
58 Baron Zemo 121 Spencer Smythe
59 Wonder Man 122 H.e.r.b.i.e.
60 Dum Dum Dugan 123 Liz Allen
61 Blob 124 Princess Python
62 Vulture 125 Mendel Stromm
63 Shocker  

The Comic Works of Stan Lee:

1 DC Comics    
    Detective Comics  
    Just Imagine  
      Green Lantern
      Secret Files and Origins
      Wonder Woman
2 Marvel Comics    
    The Amazing Spider-Man  
    The Amazing Spider-Man  
    The Avengers  
    Captain America  
    Epic Illustrated  
    Fantastic Four  
    The Incredible Hulk  
    The Incredible Hulk, vol. 2  
    Journey into Mystery (Thor) plotter  
    The Mighty Thor  
    Savage She-Hulk  
    Savage Tales  
    Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos  
    Silver Surfer  
    Silver Surfer, vol. 2  
    Silver Surfer: Judgment Day  
    Silver Surfer: Parable  
    Silver Surfer: The Enslavers  
    The Spectacular Spider-Man (magazine)  
    The Spectacular Spider-Man Annual  
    Strange Tales (diverse stories); (Human Torch); (Doctor Strange); Nick Fury, Agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.  
    Tales to Astonish (diverse stories); Ant-Man/Giant Man; The Hulk; Sub-Mariner  
    Tales of Suspense (diverse stories); (Iron Man); (Captain America)  
    Web of Spider-Man  
    What If (Fantastic Four)  
    The X-Men  
3 Simon & Schuster    
    The Silver Surfer: The Ultimate Cosmic Experience  
4 Other    
    How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way  
    Karakuri Dôji Ultimo

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