When you think of a superhero, you obviously imagine a hero like Superman or Spider-Man. Superman swoops in to save the girl and saves the day from the malicious villain.
But not everyone needs to have powers or superhuman abilities to be a hero, and Stanley Martin Lieber, also known as Stan Lee, is a shining example of what a hero looks like.
On November 12th, 2018, Stan Lee passed away in Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California from aspiration pneumonia that caused a heart attack.
Lee’s death has caused a major uproar of prayers and compliments for his inclusion in the entertainment world.
Born in Manhattan, New York, Lee was raised by books and movies. Moving to Washington Heights then to the Bronx, the only thing that kept Lee’s dreams satisfied were the books that he read and the movies that he watched with his younger brother Larry Lieber.
Writing was Lee’s life. Coming to fruition in high school, Lee realized he had a superpower of his own, he could write anything and his piece would always come out amazing.
Stan Lee started his career at the Martin Goodman’s Company that would later be renamed to become Marvel Comics. At this point of Lee’s life, he wrote his first filler called “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge.”
Comic books were not well received in this time period so Lee was embarrassed to put his real name on the comic. So instead of writing Stanley Lieber, he used the pseudonym “Stan Lee”.
Lee was then enlisted into the army and while there he received letters about what needs to be written for the company and what stories needed to be edited. Lee would write his stories and edit stories that were already written and send them back to the company whenever he had the free time.
From there Lee returned from the army and began a revolution. Lee and co-artist Jack Kirby began to create the Marvel comics that everyone came to know and love today.
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby began to create characters such as the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Hulk, Thor, and Iron Man. Lee and Bill Everett created Daredevil. Lee and Steve Ditko created Doctor Strange.
Lee and Ditko also created Spider-Man, the biggest superhero everyone knows in the entire world.
From there, Lee and Jack Kirby collected all of their characters together and put them into one big fantastic team called The Avengers.
It’s because of this giant dream that Lee had that gives reasons to people to continue being the best that they can be. After Marvel Comics became a giant name, Lee became proud of the work he created and became proud of himself for living his dream.
That’s the message here. Lee created all of these characters for his audience to relate to and to feel for. He created aspirations and ambitions in all of us. He created all of these superheroes to give us hope and to fuel our imagination.
Stan Lee was able to prove to many of us that it is possible to accomplish your dreams. Students here at NCC agree that because of Stan Lee, we are in college to further our path to accomplish our dreams. He is our superhero, and now it’s our turn to be heroes. Heroes for ourselves and for Stan Lee. So let’s accomplish our dreams and become the heroes this world needs. Excelsior!