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Entertainment Weekly Stan Lee A Life of Marvel

Entertainment Weekly Stan Lee A Life of Marvel

Entertainment Weekly Stan Lee A Life of Marvel

After helping create countless characters that saturate pop culture, Stan Lee has left behind a legacy bigger than them all combined. His indelible mark made on the comic industry in the silver age expanded to memorable stories on television and movies in the twentieth century, telling tales about everyday people transformed into superheroes to mutants with extraordinary powers, and so many more. Now, in this commemorative edition celebrating his life from Entertainment Weekly, we remember this legend of pop culture with photographs and essays (including one from Stan “the man” himself). His greatest hits were the out-of-this-world superheroes with whom readers connected deeply. Lee’s comic creations would go on to star in blockbuster movies viewed and loved by millions across the globe. Whether it’s the adventures of teen Peter Parker turned web-slinging hero Spider-Man, to the legion of mutant X-Men, or the Avengers (sometimes assembled), his characters are inescapable. Included in this tribute to the comic titan and keepsake for his millions of fans: *Exclusive interviews with comic and movie greats on Stan Lee’s influences *Gallery of Lee’s most famous characters—as well as Lee’s own many pop culture cameos *Tributes and remembrances of fans as well as the actors that brought his characters to life

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3 minutos
heroes made human

YOU’VE HEARD THE LEGEND, WHICH I THINK is true, that when Stan Lee was a young writer at Marvel Comics he was tired of doing the same old thing, and his wife, Joan, encouraged him to write the kind of stories he wanted to read. That’s what led to the Fantastic Four. Then Hulk, and Spider-Man. Then Iron Man, and the X-Men, and everything else. He realized in the midst of his amazing 1960s run what he was creating, that people were responding to his characters the same way he responded to ancient myths that he read as a kid, and he went, “Wait a minute. Lemme turn one of those characters into a hero.” And we got Thor, we got Odin, we got Loki, we got Hela. Stan was a charismatic,…

12 minutos
stan lee’s most iconic superheroes

SPIDER-MAN One of the few Marvel superheroes Lee did not co-create with Jack Kirby would end up being the company’s most popular character of all. After Kirby tried and failed to come up with an engaging design for a spider-themed superhero, Lee turned instead to Steve Ditko, the other artistic titan of Marvel’s classic era. While Ditko provided the stunning costume design and acrobatic fight scenes, Lee provided the character’s personality. Whenever Peter Parker puts on that red mask, he shifts from an outcast nerd to a wisecracking daredevil, a perfect distillation of Lee’s own legendary humor. As journalist Sean Howe wrote in Marvel Comics: The Untold Story, “Lee’s brilliant touch was to have Parker deliver a nonstop parade of corny jokes when he was in the Spider-Man costume: a convincing…

11 minutos
origin story

STAN LEE WAS ALWAYS A BIT OF A SHOW-OFF.Growing up in New York City during the Depression, he would indulge his doting mother’s requests to read to her. “Being the ham that I am, I enjoyed doing that, imagining I was on some Broadway stage reading for a vast, entranced audience,” he wrote in his 2002 autobiography Excelsior!: The Amazing Life of Stan Lee. This flair for performance would serve him well through his 95 years, as he used a combination of skillful storytelling and self-promotion to become the most celebrated comic-book writer in the world, as popular in some circles as the ubiquitous heroes he conjured up. In addition to feeding his creativity, reading also provided an escape from a gloomy home life. He was born Stanley Martin Lieber on…

3 minutos
the story as he saw it

THE TERM “SUPERHERO” CAME INTO USAGE barely 80 years ago. It all started when National Comics (later to become DC Comics) published Superman, the creation of Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. Suddenly, in the realm of adventure fiction, we had a hero who was superstrong, could leap over a skyscraper and run faster than a speeding train. After Superman, it was as though the dam had been broken. Suddenly Timely Comics (later to become Marvel) introduced the Human Torch, a hero created by Carl Burgos, who could burst into flame and fly. They also brought forth the Sub-Mariner, Prince of Atlantis, by Bill Everett. He could breathe under water, was superstrong and had the power of flight. As events led up to World War II, the publishers all got on the patriotic…

3 minutos
state of the art

I BECAME AWARE OF A MAN NAMED STAN LEE at the age of 8. My father introduced me to him—believe it or not. He had read something in the Daily News about this guy named Stan Lee. At the time, Stan was writing a comic that dealt with the evils of drug addiction, so my father—like most fathers would—thought to himself, “What a great way to teach my son about the evils of drug addiction: a comic book!” While I never got addicted to drugs, it did end up costing my father a lot more in the long run. I got addicted to comic books. What kept me coming back after that first issue was the unbridled imagination of Marvel Comics. It was his column “Stan’s Soapbox,” where he’d talk directly to…

14 minutos
a history of comics

IT’S A BIRD! IT’S A PLANE! IT’S A… VAGRANT turned villain hell-bent on total annihilation! Yes, it seems hard to believe now, but the origin story of comics as we know them starts not with a superhero but with a superbad dude. “The Super-Man,” as he was originally known, was the brainchild of Cleveland natives Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster. He first appeared in 1933 in Siegel’s selfpublished magazine Science Fiction: The Advance Guard of Future Civilizations, as a transient who is pulled from a breadline and used for scientific experimentation, bestowing him with superpowers. But instead of using his newfound psychic abilities to, say, rescue a cat from a tree, the Super-Man instead enslaves mankind before meeting a tragic end. Siegel (the writer) and Shuster (the artist) spent years tinkering with…