On this day in 1922 a man was born unlike any other. With the power to capture the imagination of millions of people he became the worlds first hero.
Stanley Martin Lieber was born on December 28, 1922 in New York City, in the apartment of his Romanian-born Jewish immigrant parents, Celia (née Solomon) and Jack Lieber.
Marshaling his childhood ambition to be a writer, young Stanley Lieber made his comic-book debut with the text filler “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge” in Captain America Comics #3 (May 1941), using the pseudonym Stan Lee, which years later he would adopt as his legal name.
In the late 1950s, DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz revived the superhero archetype and experienced a significant success with its updated version of the Flash, and later with super-team the Justice League of America. In response, publisher Martin Goodman assigned Lee to create a new superhero team. Lee’s wife urged him to experiment with stories he preferred, since he was planning on changing careers and had nothing to lose.
So Lee, took this advice and experimented on creating characters that were real, characters with a personality other than just “super hero”. They got sick, depressed, bored and occasionally had a bad temper. With his first super hero group he combined all of this into “The Fantastic 4”.
Happy Birthday Stan Lee, thank you for making so many wonderful comics and heroes for generations new and old to enjoy together. Your life as been a long one and I hope you find the strength to be around much longer! Happy 93!