Yesterday evening, news broke concerning the death of the iconic comic book creator, writer and editor Stan Lee. Lee, who is known as the forbearer of the Marvel Comics Universe, died at the age of 95. He is survived by his daughter Joan Celia Lee.
Lee begun his long comic book tenure at Timely Comics (which would later become Marvel Comics). During this period, Lee predominantly functioned in an assistant capacity. Chief amongst his responsibilities, were filling inkwells, proofreading and retrieving his co-workers’ lunch. It wasn’t until Captain America #3 that Stan Lee made his authorial debut. Captain America #3 featured Stan Lee’s Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge: a two-page prosaic story filler story. The story follows a dishonourably discharged soldiers attempt to exact revenge on Colonel Stevens, by murdering him during his sleep. This assassination attempt is ultimately thwarted by Captain America and Bucky. Lee soon graduated from writing filler stories to writing actual comics. Stan Lee later fulfilled the role of interim editor in 1941, after the departures of Joe Simon and Jack Kirby.
Stan Lee was later made a household name through his instrumental role in the reinvention of superhero storytelling and his status as co-creator of the Marvel Comics Universe, alongside the late Jack Kirby during the 1960’s. As the forefather of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee (aided by Jack Kirby) was responsible for Marvels famed return to the superhero genre, through the creation of the Fantastic Four. Lee wrote the original synopsis for the first Fantastic Four story, which he later gave to penciller Jack Kirby, who illustrated the story in its entirety before Lee added the dialogue and captions. This technique later became known as the “Marvel Method”. Following their initial creation of the “Marvel Method”, Lee and Kirby continued to implement this technique when creating comics. The “Marvel Method” later revolutionised industry and became a standard shortly after its inception.
The creative duo later went on spawn the foundations of the Marvel Comics Universe at large. Lee later contributed to the creation of several comic book and pop-culture mainstays such as; Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk, Black Panther, The Avengers, Dr Strange and the X-men. All of which later became multi-million-dollar franchises.