Today marks what would have been the 100th birthday of Stan Lee, the legendary creator of some of the most beloved characters in comic book history and a true superhero to fans around the world.
Lee, born December 28, 1922 as Stanley Martin Lieber, first got his start in the comics industry in 1939 as an assistant at Timely Comics, which would later become Marvel Comics. He quickly worked his way up the ranks and became an editor, and it was in this role that he helped shape the future of comics.
Lee is perhaps best known for co-creating characters like Spider-Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men, which have all gone on to become cultural icons and have been adapted into numerous films, television shows, and other media. These characters have become modern mythological figures, and Lee’s influence on the world of comics cannot be overstated.
But Lee’s contributions to the world of comics didn’t stop there. He was also a pioneer in using storytelling techniques like the “Marvel Method,” which allowed for a more collaborative approach between writers and artists, and helped pave the way for the more realistic and character-driven stories that we see in comics today.
In 2001, Lee founded POW! Entertainment, a multimedia entertainment company that focused on the development and production of original content for film, television, and digital media. POW! Comics was a division of POW! Entertainment that was dedicated to the creation and publication of original comic book content.
The last thing produced by POW! Comics was the graphic novel “The Zodiac Legacy: The Dragon’s Return,” which was published in 2015. The graphic novel was written by Stuart Moore and illustrated by June Brigman, and was based on a story created by Stan Lee, Stuart Moore, and Tony Wiseman. The Zodiac Legacy is a series of graphic novels that follow the adventures of a group of teenagers who gain powers based on the Chinese zodiac and must use them to save the world from a mysterious and dangerous organization.
In later years, Lee became a fan favorite for his cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in nearly every Marvel movie released to date. These cameos often featured Lee in humorous or unexpected roles, and became a hallmark of the Marvel movies.
Lee was known for making appearances in almost every Marvel movie released during his lifetime, and his cameos became a beloved tradition for fans of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In his later years, Lee became a fan favorite for these appearances, which often featured him in humorous or unexpected roles.
After his death, Marvel Studios decided to continue this tradition as a way to honor Lee’s legacy and pay tribute to his contributions to the world of comics and pop culture. The first posthumous cameo by Lee was in the 2019 film Captain Marvel, and he has since appeared in several other Marvel movies, including Avengers: Endgame, Spider-Man: Far From Home, and Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings.
Overall, it appears that efforts to insert Stan Lee cameos into Marvel movies after his death have been well-received by fans and have served as a fitting tribute to his enduring impact on the world of comics and pop culture.
On this special occasion of what would have been his 100th birthday, fans around the world are remembering and celebrating the life and work of Stan Lee, and the enduring impact he has had on the world of comics and pop culture. Though he may have left us on November 12, 2018, his legacy lives on in the characters he created and the memories he has left us with. Valhalla receives it heroes well. Thank you, Stan Lee – you will always be a superhero to us.
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