Every Major Marvel Comic Character Stan Lee Helped Create

Oscar Cross
November 15, 2018

In an age where superheroes dominate the landscape on both the big and small screen, it's hard to accurately convey the lasting impact that Lee had. Without the war to focus their heroism, superheroes became overtly cartoonish. Stan started Marvel with Jack Kirby in 1961 with The Fantastic Four.

"#Excelsior!" concluded the tweet, as did so many, with Lee's signature sign-off. That was Lee's way to guarantee the comic would sell, since superhero comics had fallen out of favour while horror comics rose in popularity.

That "MC" stood for Marvel Comics.

There were also claims that people around the Marvel legend - who was worth tens of millions of dollars - were trying to access his wealth, and that he was the victim of elder abuse at the hands of his manager and his daughter JC.

Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee has reportedly passed away.

Stan Lee, the man who created the X-Men, the Avengers and Black Panther died on Monday. So you not only sold comics, you sold me *on* comics - so much so that I built a life and career around your dreams and ideals.

I don't analyse things too closely. "Every time you open a Marvel comic, Stan will be there". He's been the constant.

See, these characters, this man gave a voice to people who were looked over in society, people of color, people of a different "unfavorable" background with different circumstances that make other more fortunate folks stick up their noses in the air with disgust.


Speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, the producer said: "He was a 95-year old man, I'm realistic, but he's also Stan Lee". He was just everywhere.

As the workload increased, Lee was given the chance to write, his first stories appearing in Captain America comics in 1941.

He first created the Fantastic Four which was followed by Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men and Daredevil.

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 $20 billion United States at theatres worldwide, according to box office analysts. Later in life he changed his name legally to Stan Lee.

Stan Lee was often cited as an inspiration by writers and artists alike. It was his idea to do superheroes the way he wanted to do them, to show them not as gods but as flawed people.

"I do have brothers, I have a dad, so I have men in my life and it's something we can do together and everybody can do together", Shinabarger said.

He says on average Marvel produces around 30% of sales not to mention the billions movies like the Avengers have made over the years. This is the legacy he leaves behind - jobs created, myths told and retold, imaginations inspired, childhoods saved, friends made, memories cherished.

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