On Display: Stan Lee / Marvel Comics

In light of the release of the Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse movie, Smith Library added a display of some of the Spider-Man books and movies that are part of our collection. The character (among many others you will recognize) was created by Stanley Martin Lieber (a.k.a. Stan Lee; a.k.a. that mustachioed guy who keeps popping up in all those bazillion dollar comic book movies). He was born in NYC on December 28, 1992 and passed away on November 12, 2018 at age 95.

Lee began his career in comics at Timely Comics, which was originally part of the Martin Goodman publishing firm but would later become Atlas Comics and finally Marvel Comics.  Beginning there as basically the office errand boy, he would eventually become the editor-in-chief and then publisher.  He continued to contribute even while serving in the US Army in the early ‘40s. During his long tenure as a writer/editor/art director/publisher in comics, Lee created or co-created some of the most recognizable names and faces in all of comics’ history.  Many of these have been immortalized in film and television – grossing billions of dollars worldwide, setting all-time box office return records, and earning widespread critical acclaim across platforms (with some notable exceptions…cough…every Fantastic Four movie ever…cough).

Below are some of his most notable creations and co-creations, many of whom have gone on to become hugely recognizable properties outside of their comic book industry origins.  Click on the original art to find a list of graphic novels the library has for that character.  Click on the live action image to see a list of DVDs and Blu-Rays featuring them.

 

1. The Amazing Spider-Man

Image source: Polygon.com

Creators: Stan Lee & Steve Ditko

First Appearance:

Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962)

Fun Fact: Smug dancing Spider-Man is the worst Spider-Man.

Click for a list of books or movies.

Image source: IMDb

 

2. The X-Men

Image source: Wikipedia

Creators: Stan Lee & Jack Kirby

First Appearance:

The X-Men #1 (1963)

Fun Fact: The third movie is always the worst.

Click for a list of books or movies.

Image source: IMDb

 

3. The Incredible Hulk

Image source: Wikipedia

Created By: Stan Lee & Jack Kirby

First Appearance:

The Incredible Hulk #1 (1962)

Fun Fact: Hulk gets sad when not allowed to smash.

Click for a list of movies.

 

 

 

Image source: IMDb

 

 

4. Black Panther

Image source: Annihil.us

Created By: Stan Lee & Jack Kirby

First Appearance:

Fantastic Four #52 (1966)

Fun Fact: Black Panther was the first film screened when Saudi Arabia ended its 35 year ban on public commercial theaters.

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Image source: IMDb

 

5. Thor

Image source: Annihil.us

Creators: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, & Jack

Kirby

First Appearance:

Journey Into Mystery #83 (1962)

Fun Fact: Thor is a bad roommate.

Click for a list of  movies.

Image source: IMDb

 

6. Daredevil

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Creators: Stan Lee & Bill Everett

First Appearance:

Daredevil #1 (1964)

Fun Fact: Daredevil is further proof that no comic book show is complete until there’s a fight in a narrow hallway.

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Image source: IMDb

 

 

7. Iron Man

Image source: Annihil.us

 

Creators: Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don

Heck, Jack Kirby

First Appearance:

Tales of Suspense #39 (1963)

Fun Fact: After saving the world from imminent destruction at the hands of marauding aliens, Iron Man likes to relax with some shawarma.

Click for a list of movies.

Image source: IMDb

 

You are welcome to stop by Smith Library and check out one of these comics or movies from our Stan Lee display!

-Blog post by Brian Carter, Late Night Library Supervisor