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"Stan Lee" (born "Stanley Martin Lieber" on December 28, 1922) is an American writer, editor, former Chairman of Marvel Comics, and memoirist.
Stan Lee is known to millions worldwide as the man whose Super Hero creations have propelled Marvel Comics to the huge success that it is now. His most popular co-creations include SpiderMan, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, The Avengers, Silver Surfer and Dr. Strange among many others.
Undoubtably, Stan “the Man” Lee has exerted more influence over the comic book industry than anyone in history. He created or co-created 90 percent of Marvel's recognized characters, which have been successfully licensed and marketed since 1965. More than 2 billion of his comic books have been published in 75 countries and in 25 languages. In Europe alone, Lee's name appears on over 35 million comics annually. Each year, X-Men sells more than 13 million copies. The syndicated comic strip
Spider-Man now appears in more than 500 newspapers worldwide -- making it the longest running of all Super Hero strips.
In 1939, at the age of seventeen, Stanley Martin Lieber joined the staff of Timely Publications—the original publisher of Marvel Comics—as a copywriter and proofreader.
His first story was published in Captain America in 1941 under the byline of Stan Lee, and later that year he was appointed editor. As editor and chief writer, Lee collaborated withMarvel artists to create some of the most popular characters in the Marvel Universe, including the Fantastic Four (1961), the Hulk (1962) and Spider-Man (1962). He was promoted to the position of publisher in 1972 and through the end of the 20th century, continued to increase the success of the Marvel Universe by expanding into the film and television industries.
Lee’s career at Marvel has spanned six decades, and he is presently the chairman emeritus of Marvel Enterprises, Inc., a member of the Editorial Board of Marvel Comics, and executive producer for their motion picture productions. In 2002, he formed his own company, POW! Entertainment , where he continues to create and license intellectual property for the entertainment industry.