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Being a father Spider-Man, wreck, Thor, Iron Man, Fantastic 4, Black Panther, Avengers and X-Men it's enough to get a place of honor in the history of comics for all eternity. Still, Stan Lee (for fans of "The Man" or "Smilin", smiling) was also a lot different. A great character and story maker, of course, but also a publisher, manager, producer: a central figure not only from a creative point of view but also from many different aspects that make up the comic industry. His name is associated with the miracle that brought the revolution in the world of paper superheroes in the 1960s and today is the protagonist of the cinema world.
Stan Lee, the guy who made super people people
So this adventure begins several decades ago. In 1961, Lee, born in New York City in 1922, works for Martin Goodman's Magazine Management Company, another key in American comics. Good Goodman was really one of the market queens in the 1940s: he led Captain AmericaThe most important publication by Timely during the war was an average of half a million copies in the registry. Then the crisis and the need to recover from the competition DC, the waves of moralism that, in the postwar period, focused on many comics, but also in times when it changed and asked for new heroes and new characters.
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In 1961, Lee and the designer Jack Kirby (now co-author of Captain America) creates a fantastic 4. In the wake of this success, Lee suggests the next year Spider-Man, this time with designer Steve Ditko. Publishing is now called Marvel Comics, and the rain of new superheroes will continue indefinitely.
It is incredible to see today a list of characters born from Lee's ideas and pencils of great designers (with whom he had fluctuating relationships, amazing creative moments and hot discussions): Hulk (1962, with Jack Kirby) Thor (1962, Kirby and Larry Lieber), Iron Man (1963, Lieber and Don Heck), X-Man (1963, with Kirby), Doctor Strange (1963, Ditko), Black Panther (1966, Kirby). To distinguish them from the characters of DC, their human and problematic, as summarized by the happy slogan "superheroes with superproblems".
In those years, Marvel, the "House of Ideas", was something new and fresh. Lee was heartbeat: not only the creator, but also the great retailer who has always been looking for new marketplaces. The Editor-in-Chief of the most important series, Editor-in-Chief and also shortly President, had the intuition to squeeze the old characters of Timely's comedian and update them to the public and to the sensitivity of contemporary American society (among them the greatest success represented by returning to Captain America newspaper stalls, weakened by the most reactionary aspects).
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Not only that, Lee has also created a direct relationship with his audience, thanks to his unmistakable way of writing and presenting stories, his editorials, and readers' answers on postal sites. There were also Marvel fans at the time Federico Fellini, During his trip to the US for support Julie Ghost, a great director visited the publishing house at 625 Madison Avenue in New York, where he met Lee and editors.
The golden moment will begin in the late 1960s, when the entire American comic sector is shrinking in sales. The 70's and 80's are divided between the crisis and the revival of popularity, but since then, Stan Lee has been clear that one of the ways that could have led to the rebirth of the superhero genre was video: television and cinema. What seems today to be obvious to the young public used to computer graphics was not when there were no technological possibilities for the big (or small) canvas to really become the superhero's credibility.
Goodbye to Stan Lee, the father of the superstar Marvel
Today, Marvel is not just a publishing house, but a Marvel Entertainment group that operates in several entertainment industries, Disney in 2009. And the superhero in the paper has been a cinematic revival for several years. Not everything Lee has touched upon in recent decades has changed into gold as it did in the 1960s, and especially in recent years, many of Spider-Man's reports concerned not only comic books or films, but courts and diatribes his associates related to the management of his image and his inheritance, except his wife Joan's death in 2017 after 70 years of marriage.
Not only his name, but his face is still very popular, thanks to the "game" of cameras in Marvel movies. All the fans knew that in any new movie or television adventure of their superheroes, sooner or later they would come out. As a postman, a bus driver, a hot dog vendor, a bartender: small roles and short performances that viewers compete. Another way to look at his audience and to commit, entertained, his myth.