Stan Lee

Stan Lee

American comic book writer, Editor, Publisher, Producer

Currently at


  • Zodiac released

    Stan Lee and Stuart Moore

    Lee wrote the book Zodiac, released in January 2015, with Stuart Moore.


  • Partnership with 1821 comics

    In 2011, Lee announced he would partner with 1821 Comics on a multimedia imprint for children.


  • POW! Entertainment debuted the manga series

    In 2008 POW! Entertainment debuted the manga series Karakuri Dôji Ultimo, a collaboration between Lee and Hiroyuki Takei, Viz Media and Shueisha


  • Heroman released by POW!

    POW! released Heroman, which was written by Lee, and serialized in Square Enix's Monthly Shōnen Gangan with the Japanese company Bones.


  • 'Who Wants to Be a Superhero?' went live

    From July 2006 until September 2007 Lee hosted, co-created, executive-produced, and judged the reality television game show competition Who Wants to Be a Superhero? on the Sci-Fi Channel.


  • Lee finished his 65 years with Marvel


    When Lee finished his 65 years with Marvel, it honored him in 2006 with the publication of a series of one-shot comics in which Lee was shown interacting with his co-creations like ‘Spider-Man’, ‘Doctor Strange’, etc.


  • POW! Entertainment went public

    Stan Medley

    POW! Entertainment went public through a reverse merger again structured by investment banker Stan Medley.


  • Re-created DC superheroes

    Lee got involved with the DC Comics for the first time in his creative career in 2001 when he launched ‘Just Imagine…’ series for them, in which he re-created DC superheroes Like, Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, etc.


  • POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment’ formed

    Lee, Gill Champion and Arthur Lieberman formed ‘POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment’ with Gill Champion and Arthur Lieberman, in order to create film, television and video game properties. He also launched the ‘Stan Lee's Sunday Comics’.


  • 'Stan Lee Media' started

    Lee along with Peter Paul started a new Internet-based superhero creation, production and marketing studio, ‘Stan Lee Media’. The company grew and gained a considerable success but had to be closed down due to legal implications.


  • Step down from the president position


    Lee was made the president of the company but Lee found the task to be a little more technical than he could handle. So to remain closer to the creative processes of the company he stepped down to become the publisher.


  • Became Marvel's TV and Movie properties developer


    Lee’s role in the company was becoming bigger and bigger as in 1981 he was given the role to develop Marvel’s TV and movie properties.

    05-08-1981 - Present

  • Avengers, X-Men were created

    From 1960-80, over 20 years, Stan, in association with his colleague Jack Kirby makes heroes like Doctor Strange, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, The X-men and more.


  • Story on bad-effects on drugs became famous

    U. S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare

    Lee was asked to write a story on bad-effects of drugs and he thought of including it in ‘The Amazing Spider-Man’. The Comics Code Authority was against it because the portrayal of drugs was against the code. Lee and Goodman went ahead with it anyway and published the story in their comics. The story got really famous and Marvel was appreciated for spreading the responsible message. The CCA abolished the Code and permitted negative depictions of drugs.


  • The results of Spiderman

    About a month of drawing later, all of the managers come to Stan and tell him for the results for the month. They tell him that Spider-Man was one of their most best selling comic that month. Stan later joked that when his publisher came running into his office he said "Stan, Stan! Do you remember that guy Spider-Man we both loved so much?"


  • Spiderman is born

    After creating other small super heroes, Stan decides to create a new kind of superhero. That was when Stan saw a fly crawling on the wall and thought of an insect superhero. He went down the list. Fly-Man, Mosquito-Man but those didn't sound dramatic. He kept going until he got to Spider-Man. He LOVED that name! He ran into the publishers office and told him his grand idea. His publisher didn't like it and Stan decided to put it an old magazine to get it to go away.


  • Stan creates the Fantastic Four

    After having two children, Joan Celia Lee and Jan Lee (who died only a week after birth), Stan decides to think of new creative ideas for new heroes. This eventually leads up to the creation of The Fantastic Four in the month of November, 1961.


  • Stan gets back to his job

    Atlas Comics

    Lee joined back the company in 1950s, which was now known as the ‘Atlas Comics’. He started experimenting with various genres––writing romantic, sci-fi, horror, humorous stories, etc.

    23-05-1950 - Present

  • Served as a 'Playwright' in the US Army

    US Army

    Stan is enlisted in World War 2. Surprisingly, he does not fight with a weapon. He fights with cartoons! Stan draws funny cartoons to cheer up soldiers and give hope to family's.

    11-01-1942 - Present

  • Published other comics

    Lee created the ‘Destroyer in Mystic Comics No. 6’, ‘Jack Frost in USA Comic No. 1’ and ‘Father Time in Captain America Comics No.6’.


  • High School

    DeWitt Clinton High School


    Lee attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx.


  • Lee's debut with the comic ‘Captain America Foils the Traitor's Revenge’

    Timely Comics

    Lee’s entry into the Timely Comics in 1939 proved to be a big step in his career. He started out by doing menial jobs but soon made his comic-book debut with the text filler ‘Captain America Foils the Traitor's Revenge’.

    03-05-1939 - Present

  • Won "The Biggest News of the Week Contest" for 3 continuous weeks

    New York Herald Tribune

    Lee entered a high school essay competition sponsored by the New York Herald Tribune, called "The Biggest News of the Week Contest." Lee claimed to have won the prize for three straight weeks.


  • Part time jobs

    At different companies

    New York

    worked such part-time jobs as writing obituaries for a news service and press releases for the National Tuberculosis Center, delivering sandwiches for the Jack May pharmacy to offices in Rockefeller Center, working as an office boy for a trouser manufacturer, ushering at the Rivoli Theater on Broadway, and selling subscriptions to the New York Herald Tribune newspaper.

    17-04-1934 - 23-07-1939