Lee's own personality, too, is a central part of this legacy. Even after his hands-on role diminished, he remained an ambassador for the comics industry, touring college campuses and carrying the message that reading them needn't be a closeted pastime.
During the dot.com boom, in 1999, Lee teamed with a Hollywood entrepreneur, Peter Paul, to create an online animation and superhero creation studio. Stan Lee Media went public and in February 2000 had a market value twice that of Marvel.
Film adaptations based on Lee’s series were highly successful. X-Men appeared on the big screen in 2000, and several sequels followed. Other Lee creations to receive the Hollywood treatment were Daredevil (2003), The Incredible Hulk (2008), and Thor (2011).
Lee has become involved in a variety of multimedia projects while also serving as an ambassador for Marvel, even though he has filed lawsuits against the company and been the subject of debate over appropriate compensation for comic creators. The writer has seen Marvel develop into an entity that has inspired blockbuster film entertainment like the Iron Man and X-Men series, Thor and The Avengers.
With artist Jack Kirby, Lee launched the superhero team the Fantastic Four in 1961, and was soon responsible for creating popular characters like Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Hulk and Thor. Lee later worked in a number of comic-related business and multimedia ventures.
LEE, STAN (1922– ), U.S. cartoonist. Born in New York City to Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe, Lee (Stanley Martin Lieber) began working in comic books at 17, as an assistant to Martin Goodman, who was married to his cousin and was publisher of Timely Comics, which would become Marvel Comics.
Lee's first published work appeared in a Captain America comic book in 1941, shortly before the United States entered World War ii. Lee worked with several co-creators, including Jack *Kirby, introducing superheroes to fight the Nazi menace.
Before 1961, comic book superheroes had one-dimensional, virtually interchangeable personalities and lived formulaic lives. When Lee's heroes are not defending the earth from weird menaces, however, they lead lives much like other New Yorkers (Lee's stories were set in the real world, not fictional cities such as Metropolis).
Young Stanley Lieber, who had won the New York Herald Tribune essay contest for three consecutive years, had visions of being a great writer. After graduating from high school, the 17-year-old Lieber took what he thought would be a temporary job with Timely Comics (a company owned by his cousin-in-law, Martin Goodman).
He was the man behind Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men and many others; in the 1960s, he was widely credited with revitalizing and revolutionizing the comics industry by stripping his superheroes of their air of invulnerability and making them doubt-ridden, argumentative, occasionally depressed--in short, recognizably human.