Be dad to Spider-Man, The Hulk, The Thor, The Iron Man, The and Fantastic 4, The Black Panther, The Avengers ac X-Men enough to win a place of honor in the history of comics for eternity. Yet Stan Lee (for fans of "The Man" or "The Smilin", the smile) was also a lot more. A great creator of characters and stories, of course, but also a publisher, manager, producer: a central figure not only of a creative perspective, but for many aspects that make up comics industry. His name is linked to Marvel that in the 60's he has revolutionized the world of paper superheroes and today is a composer in the cinema world.
Stan Lee, the man who made heroes heroes human
So this adventure starts a few decades ago. In 1961, Lee, born in New York in 1922, works for Martin Goodman Magazine Management Company, another key figure in comics made in America. Timely Comics from Goodman had been one of the market desserts in the 40s: led by Captain America, The most important Timescale publications have an average circulation of half a million copies on the roll during the war. Then the crisis, and the need to renew himself in front of the competition DC, to the morality waves aimed at many comic books in the post-war period, but also at the times that changed and asked new heroes and new characters.
In 1961 Lee and the designer Jack Kirby (who is already a co-author of Captain America) creates the Fantastic 4. For that success, the following year, Lee offers Spider-Man, this time with designer Steve Ditko. The Marvel Comics publishing house is now called, and the new superheroes rain will continue unfinished.
It is incredible to see today the list of characters born in that period of Lee's imagination and great designers pencils (with relatives between them, between great creative moments and heating discussions): Hulk (1962, with Jack Kirby), Thor ( 1962, with Kirby and Larry Lieber), Iron Man (1963, with Lieber and Don Heck), the X-Man (1963, with Kirby), Doctor Strange (1963, with Ditko), Daredevil (1964, with Bill Everett) Black Panther (1966, with Kirby). In order to distinguish them from the DC characters, they are more human and problematic, as summarized in the happy slogan "superheroes with superproblems".
In those years, Marvel, the "House of Ideas", represented something new and fresh. Lee was the heart of beaten: not only a craftsman but also a great seller, always looking for new market places. The most important series supervisor, the main editor, and also for a short time, president, had the idea of buying old Timely Comics characters updating them to the public and the sensibility of contemporary American society (among these, The biggest success was represented by the return to Captain America news clubs, having melted by its most reactive aspects).
Not only that, Lee has also established a direct relationship with an audience, thanks to the unexpected way of writing and presenting the stories, to their editorial holiday, Answers to readers in the post pages. Among the fans of Marvel at the time he was there too Federico Fellini. During his trip to the USA for promotion Juliet of the ghost, the great director visited the publishing house, at 625 Madison Avenue in New York, where she met Lee and the editors.
The golden moment begins to end in the late 1960s, when the entire American comic sector is shrinking in sales. The 70 and 80 years are split between crisis and restoring popularity, but since then Stan Lee was clear that one of the roads that could lead to the renaissance of the secondary genre was video: television and cinema. What seems to be apparent to the young public used today to computer graphics, therefore, when technological possibilities to make a superhero was not really credible on a large screen (or small).
Great fun of Stan Lee, father of the Marvel superheroes
Marvel is now no longer a publishing house but a group (Marvel Entertainment) is active in many sectors of entertainment, which have been received by the Disney in 2009. And the paper superheroes have had a cinematic regeneration for years now. Everything that has touched Lee in the last decades has not turned into gold as it happened in the 60s, and especially in recent years, much news about Spider-Man's father has been concerned not only and not so many comics or movies, but legal cases and Diatribes with colleagues are involved in managing his image and heritage, as well as the death of his wife Joan in 2017, after 70 years of marriage.
Not only its name, but its face is still very popular, thanks to "play" cameos in the Marvel films. All fans knew that in every new movie or adventure of superheroes, later or later it would have come out. As a postman, a passenger in a bus, a hot dog seller, a barman: small roles and short looks that spectators have been competing to find. Yet another way to wink in his audience and continue, entertain him, never.