Stan Lee, 100 years after his birth, the man who changed superheroes forever

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Marvel’s creative genius was born on December 28, 1922, Stan Lee, exactly 100 years ago. The father of Hulk, Spider-Man (Spiderman) e Hombre de Hierroamong many others, he was the intellectual creator of his writing and his imagination of notable superheroes that rocked the 20th century from comics and movie magic, hand in hand with the iconic brand wonder.

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Stan was a living legend, and his creative realization was almost always accompanied by two great cartoonists in Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby. The truth is that Lee, that died in 2018 at the age of 95he left countless creations and stories that will never go out of style, first from comics and then from cinema.

the raid of Stan Lee in the world of comics it was in 1940, when he joined Timely Publications (later to become Marvel Comics) as an assistant. And the first step into the big leagues was made just a year later, as the writer of Captain America, a character that had just been created by Kirby and Simon, two expert cartoonists and screenwriters.

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But the great success will come only two decades later, in 1961, when he will create fantastic FourMarvel’s proposal to compete against DC Comics’ hit The Justice League.

and then they appeared by Lee’s hand Spider-Man (1962), The Incredible Hulk (1962), Thor (1962), Ant-Man (1962), The X-Men (1963), The Avengers (1963), Iron Man (1963), Magneto (1963), Daredevil (1964), Black Widow (1964) and the list goes on…

Here we tell you the most popular superheroes of Stan Lee in his wonderful career.

fantastic Four

  • First Appearance: Fantastic Four #1 (1961).
  • Creators: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
  • Plot: They are Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Woman, Human Torch and The Thing. Oriented towards science fiction, the creators developed a sort of family of superheroes that would mark the way of narrating modernity with a futuristic aesthetic and scripts close to real world problems, exalting the heroic. Kirby’s drawing style will mark the Marvel aesthetic to this day.

Spiderman

  • First Appearance: Incredible Fantasy #15 (1962).
  • Creators: Stan Lee and Steve Ditko.
  • Plot: This is the most popular character of this creative duo. The variety of villains completes the story of Peter Parker, a teenager who alternates his existential problems of the life of any young man, with saving the world. The most important enemies of him: Green Goblin and Doctor Octopus. Love is present in her friends Mary Jane Watson and Gwen Stacy. The humanization of the superhero is the key to his success.

The Incredible Hulk

  • First Appearance: The Incredible Hulk #1 (1962).
  • Creators: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
  • Plot: After a mistake in an experiment, a scientist named Bruce Banner undergoes a transformation that will transform him into the Hulk, the green monster, although in his first appearances he was gray. Such was the popularity of this character that it led to him starring in one of Marvel’s first television series.

Thor

  • First Appearance: Mystery Journey #83 (1962).
  • Creators: Stan Lee, his brother Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby.
  • Plot: Appealing to Norse mythology, they create Thor, from Asgard. This character blended 1960s psychedelia with mysticism through imaginative concepts that challenged everything known in comics at the time. The appearance of the Odin and Loki characters completed the narrative that has just become another focus for Marvel.

ant man

  • First Appearance: Tales to Astonish #27 (1962).
  • Creators: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack Kirby.
  • Plot: This little character called Hank Pym, the ant man, would bring the best of B-grade cinema to the world of comics, a mix between the bizarre, comedy and science fiction. The incorporation of him in The Avengers would have catapulted him to fame as a superhero and would soon surprise everyone, becoming a blockbuster on the big screen.

The Avengers

  • First Appearance: The Avengers #1 (1963).
  • Creators: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
  • Plot: Iron Man, Thor, Hulk, Ant-Man, The Wasp, and a Captain America fresh out of the WWII freezer, combine to form the greatest force in the Marvel Universe. By losing the rights to X-Men, the company found its forte in The Avengers, and they weren’t wrong.

Hombre de Hierro

  • First Appearance: Tales of Suspense #39 (1963).
  • Creators: Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Don Heck and Steve Ditko.
  • Plot: Inspired by tycoon Howard Hughes, the eccentric millionaire owner of Pan Am Airlines, the creators developed a character called Tony Stark, who would become Iron Man, a selfless superhero willing to do anything to protect the world from possible threats. His metal armor color was originally gray, but Ditko’s red and gold design gave the right man the steely aesthetic.

X Men

  • First Appearance: The X Men #1 (1963).
  • Creators: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
  • Plot: This group of mutants also known as Patrol-X, are a subspecies of humans led by Professor X (referring to Malcolm X-Martin Luther King) who fight for peace and equality in the world. The prominent villain is Magneto, a mutant with the ability to manipulate the energy fields of the mind. Over time, The X-Men would go on to become Marvel’s most successful franchise, until it sold its rights to Fox in 1993.

magnet

  • First Appearance: The X Men #1 (1963).
  • Creators: Stan Lee and Jack Kirby.
  • Plot: Magneto is a mutant who can control mental magnetic fields. His biggest rivals are the X-Men. According to his writers of him, he is a survivor of the Jewish Holocaust, for which he fights for the survival of mutantkind so that no one suffers the same fate. His irreparable differences with the leader of the X-Men are of form: peace is not an option before annihilation.

Reckless

  • First Appearance: Daredevil #1 (1964).
  • Creators: Stan Lee, Bill Everett and Jack Kirby.
  • Plot: Blind lawyer Matt Murdock, also called the Man Without Fear, becomes Daredevil to cleanse his neighborhood, Hell’s Kitchen, of evil, always with humor and conviction. This hero is cultured, Catholic, and devoted to his duty. An accident left him without sight but gave him the ability to develop other senses and strong radar capabilities.

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