Stan, the man! In light of his recent passing, we decided to pay special tribute to the one and only Stan Lee. Joining us is special guest Hidz of the Genre Equality Podcast and Hard Hidz Podcast. So join us as we talk early introductions and his m0numental contribution to pop culture.
Stan the Man
A name not only synonymous with Marvel but also with comic books in general. Stan’s career spanned several decades and was instrumental in forging Marvel into the multimedia juggernaut that dominates the comics industry.
But his claim to fame was, with collaborators like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko the co-creation of several characters. The more notable of which are characters such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four and Black Panther.
Also, he was one of the earliest practitioners of a grounded approach to writing superhero stories in the 1960s. Giving his characters a relatability that was not prevalent with comics of that time. He was also vocal in his opposition to the Comics Code Authority, petitioning for reform against censorship and other policies of the CCA.
In the 80s he led the charge to also expand Marvel properties into other mediums, such as film and television. All this would come to fruition later in life with the Marvel Cinematic Universe as a prime example of his efforts. He would also frequently make cameo appearances in the films, on which he received an honorary “executive producer” credit.
He retired from Marvel in the 90s but continued to assume the role as a public figurehead for the company while maintaining several independent ventures. Lee was inducted into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995. He received the NEA’s National Medal of Arts in 2008.
Stan Lee and Bob Kane on Comic Book Greats
The man himself guiding Todd McFarlane and Rob Liefeld
Stan Lee with Kevin Smith, Mark Hamill, Jason Lee and JJ Abrams
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