by Gene Turnbow, station manager
It’s official as of yesterday: Stan Lee is 92. The icon of comics is still with us and still busy making new projects in film, games and of course, comic books. It’s hard to overstate the importance of this man to comic books and the entertainment industry as a whole. He has created hundreds of our favorite characters, and written the archetypal stories that define the art of comics as it stands today.
Born in New York City on December 28, 1922, Stan Lee went on to work for Timely Comics, the company that would eventually become Marvel Comics. With artist Jack Kirby, Lee launched the superhero team the Fantastic Four in 1961, and went on to create dozens of the most iconic heroes in comics, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, The Hulk, and Thor.
He rose to being Marvel’s editor-in-chief in 1972, and used that position to put together some of the finest creative teams the world of comics has ever seen. His biggest talent seems to be putting people together who go on to create the amazing, the astounding, and the enthralling – and he’s still doing it.
Lee is Chairman Emeritus of Marvel, as well as a member of the Editorial Board of Marvel Comics. He is currently currently the Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of POW! Entertainment, a multimedia entertainment company based in Beverly Hills, CA, which he founded with production partner Gill Champion and business affairs partner the late Arthur Lieberman. POW! is busy creating new characters and stories in areas including publishing, film, TV, reality, stage, documentary, and multimedia.
Lee just keeps moving relentlessly forward, and his joy and enthusiasm for his creative work seem to keep him energized and inspired. Keep the flame alive, Stan. We’re really looking forward to that big 100-year anniversary tabletop edition in eight years.
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