The creations of comic book legend Stan Lee have forever changed the entertainment world. Lee was not alone. Over the years he was more than ably assisted by comic book artists such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, John Buscema, John Romita Sr., Bill Everett and Gene Colan among many others. Many of Lee’s numerous creations and co-creations, such as Spider-Man, The Hulk, the original X-Men, the Fantastic Four, The Avengers, Doctor Strange, The Black Panther, Thor, Daredevil, Doctor Doom, Magneto and Loki are known world wide. All of the credit can not go to Lee. He could not have done anything without the talented artists at Marvel who brought these creations to life. But Lee’s ideas, enthusiasm, charisma and love of the spotlight made him the face of Marvel Comics for many decades. He had a personality that allowed him to transcend mere comic book stardom. Lee was able to become a world renown celebrity. Stan Lee had a public persona that was larger than life, much like his creations. He came across as a man who took his work seriously, but himself less so. He eagerly talked about his creations like a proud father.
One could make an argument that Stan Lee is one of the most read writers in the world. Countless people, myself included, grew up reading his work with Marvel Comics. Countless Lee penned stories from yesteryear are constantly collected in trade paperback and discovered by new generations decade after decade. Over the years, long after his heyday as a writer, he continued to work. He wrote for DC Comics and continued to create new characters for various companies.
Lee spent a great deal of his adult life promoting Marvel Comics. Even after he was no longer creatively active at the company he continued to be the face of the company. I do believe that his impact and influence will remain on the comic book industry for as long as it exists. With many of his creations appearing in blockbuster Hollywood movies, it would seem that his influence has helped to change the movie industry as well.
I do not have the words to adequately express the impact that Stan Lee has had on my life. I grew up an avid comic book reader. When I was in my teenage years my love of comics grew immensely. I read many Marvel and DC comics. There was always something different about Marvel Comics, something special. That point of difference can be directly attributed to the work and influence of Stan Lee.
Stan Lee truly was a blessed man. He received a great deal of well deserved praise for his extremely impressive creative resume. And he was able to see many of his creations convincingly brought to life on television and the big screen.
What a career.
What an imagination.
What a man.
Stan The Man. His presence, his voice and his smile will be missed. Stan Lee has passed away, but his creations will live on.