Friday, December 28, 2012

Stan Lee -presents- Happy 90th Birthday!

Stan Lee's Cameos

BIO: Stan Lee first became involved in comics in 1939, when he was given work as an assistant at what was then Timely Comics. He was published for the first time in 1941, when he produced text filler for Captain America Comics #3. He wrote his first published comic two months later, which was followed by his first co-creation, Destroyer, in August. Towards the end of that year he was given the position of interim editor of Timely following the departure of Joe Simon. 

Through the 1950s he wrote various comics in a variety of genres for what was now known as Atlas Comics. 1961 saw a shift in the works he produced when he was instructed to create a superhero team. Deviating from the norm of superheroes as idealized icons, Lee and artist Jack Kirby produced a superteam that was more distinctly human and flawed: the Fantastic Four. 

This team proved incredibly popular, and Lee capitalized on his success with a whole host of new heroes created alongside a variety of artists, including the Hulk, the X-Men, and Spider-Man, among numerous others. He remained busy throughout the 1960s, introducing new features into comics as well as regularly editing, writing comics, and producing extra content such as letter pages and columns. 

Stan Lee
Stan Lee also came up with nicknames other cookie terms such as "Frantic Marvellite", ""Nuff Said" and "Excelsior!" inside his comics. He nicknamed the staff and all those who worked at the Marvel Comics the Marvel Bullpen. The name was thought up by Stan Lee in the late 1960's and probably remains the most famous editorial group of people in comics. He also came up with things like the Marvel No-Prize. During this time he saw great success using the "Marvel Method" to write comics. 

In 1971 he had a hand in loosening the Comics Code Authority's strict guidelines on the portrayal of drugs in comics.

Lee grew increasingly popular with comic book fans, and soon became a sort of figurehead for Marvel. He was briefly made president of the company, but stepped down to become publisher because of his desire to remain involved in the creative aspects of comics. In the early 1980s he became involved in the adaptation of Marvel comics to other media. 

In 1998 he co-founded Stan Lee Media, an internet-based studio. Though successful, it filed for bankruptcy in 2000 when his co-founder was discovered to be carrying out illegal stock manipulation. 

In 2001 he began working on the Just Imagine... series, his first ever work for DC. That same year he was involved int he formation of POW! Entertainment, which focused on developing other media adaptations.

Stan the Man
In 2003 he created Stripperella, an adult-oriented animated television series, which aired on Spike TV for thirteen episodes. 

In 2004 he teamed up with to produce Stan Lee's Sunday Comics, as well as renewing his column. 

In 2006 he featured in a comic book commemorating the 65 years he had spent with Marvel up to that point. Also in 2006 he began hosting the reality television series Who Wants to Be a Superhero?, which was apparently cancelled the following year. 

In 2008 he became involved in numerous projects, releasing a fumetti book, collaborating on a manga, producing television and film adaptations of various works, writing comics for Virgin Comics. He also worked on a manga in 2009. 
Fantastic Four (2005) -starring- Stan Lee as Willie Lumpkin
In 2011 he began work on a number of projects, notably a musical, and a children's imprint called Stan Lee's Kids Universe. He is presently mostly retired from Marvel. Recently he has been involved in a documentary style television show where he interviews those who exhibit "powers" similar to superheroes (for instance a man that can hit an aspirin tablet with bow and arrow.)
Starting in the 1980s and continuing to the present day, Lee has appeared in nearly every adaptation of Marvel's properties to the screen in a cameo role. He has also been portrayed numerous times in comics. Stan Lee can be found on the internet at his official MySpace page, his two official Facebook pages, and on Twitter.

Fantastic Four #1 (1961)

Amazing Fantasy #15 - Spider-Man's 1st Appearance  (1962) The Amazing Spider-Man #1 (1963)

The X-Men #1 (1963)

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