Stan Lee is a living legend in the world of comics, having created some of the most popular comic book characters of all time.
Stan grew up in several small apartments in Manhattan, New York, and as a child he was influenced by books and movies, particularly those with Errol Flynn playing heroic roles.
He attended high school in the Bronx and enjoyed writing, with a dream of one day writing The Great American Novel.
During his teenage years he had a number of part-time jobs, such as writing obituaries for a news service, delivering sandwiches for the Jack May pharmacy to offices in Rockefeller Centre, and ushering at the Rivoli Theatre on Broadway. After graduating from high school at the age of 16, Stan joined the WPA Federal Theatre Project.
In 1939, with the help of his uncle, Stan became an assistant at the new Timely Comics division of pulp magazine and comic-book publisher Martin Goodman's company. Timely, by the 1960s, would evolve into Marvel Comics.
Young Stanley Lieber made his comic-book debut with the text filler "Captain America Foils the Traitor's Revenge" in Captain America Comics #3 (May 1941). This is the first time he used the pseudonym "Stan Lee", which years later he adopted as his legal name.
Following the success of Fantastic Four, which he co-wrote with Jack Kirkby in 196, throughout the 1960s, Stan scripted, art-directed and edited most of Marvel's series.
In 1972, Stan stopped writing monthly comic books to assume the role of publisher. He also became a figurehead and public face for Marvel Comics.
After retiring from Marvel, In the 2000s Stan did a series for DC Comics called 'Just Imagine..', where he reimagined some of DC Comics' most famous characters as he would have written them, including: Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern, and the Flash.
The Stan Lee Foundation was founded in 2010 to promote literacy, education and the arts, as well as promoting diversity, national literacy, culture and the arts.