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Stan Lee Celebrates 90th Birthday 57

Posted by timothy
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An anonymous reader writes "Congratulatory tweets and missives pour in to honor @theRealStanLee (nee Stanley Lieber), the Romanian immigrant who created or co-created most of Marvel Comics' memorable heroes. Lee celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday. Earlier this year, someone posted a collection of Lee's cameo appearances in Marvel Comics movies, often playing an older gentleman in the crowd ('Superheroes in New York? Give me a break!'), but watch for the time he plays himself, trying to get past a club bouncer ('I'm Stan Lee. I should be on that list!')."
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Stan Lee Celebrates 90th Birthday

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  • by Osgeld (1900440) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @02:54AM (#42424779)

    I don't read comic books, but hey its a pretty big milestone so here's to you bud!

  • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @02:58AM (#42424801)

    With great age comes great responsibility.

    Happy 90th birthday, Mr. Lee!

  • by cbraescu1 (180267) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @03:21AM (#42424877) Homepage

    @theRealStanLee (nee Stanley Lieber), the Romanian immigrant who created or co-created most of Marvel Comics' memorable heroes.

    While Stan Lee has Jewish-Romanian ancestry, he is definitely not an immigrant. He was born in 1922 on American soil, in New York City.

    • by KiloByte (825081) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @07:55AM (#42425521)

      he is definitely not an immigrant. He was born in 1922 on American soil, in New York City.

      Pshaw! I bet his long-form birth certificate is a forgery.

    • by Darinbob (1142669)

      So you're saying he could run for president?

  • I Met Stan Lee (Score:5, Interesting)

    by markstrelecki (1378435) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @03:49AM (#42424945) Homepage
    I met and interviewed Stan Lee at a comic convention in Phoenix back in the eighties. He was gracious to a fault, gave freely and willingly of his time, and paid me several compliments about my comics insight and experience. I only wish I still had that VHS footage, including some interesting time with an up-and comer at the time named Chris Claremont. I had bumped into Stan in a chance elevator ride and managed to babble a request for an interview, which he accepted without hesitation. Just tonight I read his Origins of Marvel Comics, front-to-back, and am reminded of his highly colorful literary style, his extremely imaginative and creative mind, and how much (at least in 1975) credit he was willing to share with Jack Kirby, co-creator of many of those same superheroes. It was a bit of a shock to read that after working with Jack to come up with the character of Galactus, the planet eating superfoe, and deciding what needed to be drawn on the pages, that Jack had, of his own volition and invention, introduced the "required" herald for the big guy, a character we've come to know as Silver Surfer. Stan, you are a force of nature, and the people's lives you've so willingly touched are changed forever. I know I was, and I know that I love this fellow we call Stan Lee. I wish him all the best now, and in the next phase of his existence (where there are likely no typewriters or word processors). Stan showed me that being creative and passionate is the duty of the intelligent mind, and in his honor I will always say "Excelsior!" MARK STRELECKI Atlanta, GA. USA
    • by PCM2 (4486)

      It was a bit of a shock to read that after working with Jack to come up with the character of Galactus, the planet eating superfoe, and deciding what needed to be drawn on the pages, that Jack had, of his own volition and invention, introduced the "required" herald for the big guy, a character we've come to know as Silver Surfer. Stan, you are a force of nature

      Wait ... so you were so shocked to hear how much Kirby contributed, and that he invented the Silver Surfer from whole cloth, that you turned around and gave the credit back to Lee? Insert here that Warner Bros cartoon rapid head-shaking sound that reads like, "Ay-yuh-yi-yuh-yi-yuh-yay-yuh-ai-yuh..."

    • by Mantrid42 (972953)

      ...how much (at least in 1975) credit he was willing to share with Jack Kirby, co-creator of many of those same superheroes. It was a bit of a shock to read that after working with Jack to come up with the character of Galactus, the planet eating superfoe, and deciding what needed to be drawn on the pages, that Jack had, of his own volition and invention, introduced the "required" herald for the big guy, a character we've come to know as Silver Surfer.

      Kirby was consistently mistreated at Marvel, and wasn't allowed to characterize the Silver Surfer the way he wanted. Stan Lee may be very personable, but that's because he's been cultivating that for forty years. Kirby deserves way more credit in the world of comic books than Lee does. Read "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story". Pretty much everyone involved (except Kirby, actually) comes off as an asshole.

    • That made my day. Thanks for words. It's great to hear something uplifting, non-cynical, inspirational.

      I met Howard Chaykin this year at Comicpalooza in Houston. I think I felt the same way. I could stand and listen to him talk forever. He was super cool, not a douche, and seemed almost hurt when I didn't want to intrude and have my photo taken with him. That was a great day.

  • Stan is the best there is at what he does, and what he does is stand on the sholders of giants.

    • Stan is the best there is at what he does

      Fuck Jack Kirby's wife? No but seriously, he does get more credit than what he deserves, specially with Spider-Man's creation.

    • Stan is the best there is at what he does, and what he does is stand on the sholders of giants.

      For every Marvel Comics there are hundreds of would-be authors and artists who never got into distribution.

      Marvel and DC were major successes while most of the rest petered out or were acquired. The business is equally as important as the story and artwork if the goal is to get the comics into readers' hands.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Ever read anything Stan Lee has said? The guy's an A-number-one asshole of the lowest order. I wish people would just stop with the hero worship.

  • by feedayeen (1322473) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @04:50AM (#42425057)

    Come on, who doesn't love this guy's filmography?

  • by nomad-9 (1423689) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @05:17AM (#42425153)
    "You boys may have gotten autographed comics from Stan Lee, but I saw the inside of his house and got an autographed application for a restraining order."
    " Plus, I get to hang out with him again at the hearing."

    - Sheldon, ("The Excelsior Acquisition" episode).
  • Tucci?

    He is bald, but surely not 90.

        - Penny.

  • Co-created. (Score:5, Insightful)

    by tverbeek (457094) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @07:40AM (#42425465) Homepage

    It isn't correct to say that Stan "created or co-created" those characters. It is "co-created" in every instance. The artist who designs the appearance of a comics character is as essential to the process of creating it as the writer. Since Stan is not an artist, and has never claimed to have designed the visuals of the characters, he hasn't simply "created" any of them.

    He's an enormously imaginative and influential creative force, without whom the American comics industry would be very different, and his vitality and charm at 90 is a testament to him as a person. There's no need to pad his résumé by denying the roles of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and every other artist he has worked with over the decades, as co-creators of the characters they jointly brought into being.

    • by mapuche (41699)

      Actually, Stan Leed didn't give proper credit to artists for decades. He was forced to do it Just remember Jack Kirby and Mr Lee conflict.

  • by Antibozo (410516) on Sunday December 30, 2012 @11:09AM (#42426039) Homepage

    Stan is not a girl: "né".

    Happy birthday, Stan!

  • Not sure why Marvel comics are my favorite, even though I do like others. Spider-man, Ice-man, The Hulk, The Thing, Juggernaught, and Sabertooth, my favorite comics book characters. All Marvel.

    Happy Birthday, and hopefully you will have many more.

    thanks!

  • 'Nuff said.

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