My childhood hero Stan Lee will turn 90 this Friday, December 28th.
Lee, born Stanley Martin Lieber is best known as an American comic book writer, editor, actor, producer, publisher, television personality, former president/chairman of Marvel Comics and fan favorite at comic conventions.
Lee created such memorable comic book characters as The Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-Man, Thor, X-Men, Guardians of The Galaxy and Daredevil.
Lee was inducted into the Will Eisner Comic Book Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall Of Fame in 1995. He received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2011.
The majority of Stan Lee’s Marvel creations have been turned into television shows, movies and video games and Lee is famous for making cameos in these projects.
On December 5, 1947, Lee married Joan Clayton. Joan Lee gave birth to Stan’s two daughters: Joan Celia ‘J.C.’ Lee in 1950 and Jan Lee, who died three days after delivery in 1953.
At the end of September of this year, Lee underwent a surgical operation to have a pacemaker installed, telling the media he did this “to insure that he would live for 90 more years.”
I have been fortunate to have met Mr. Lee on a number of occasions and found him to be a wonderful story teller that was charming and filled with life. One of my prized collectibles is a book that Stan was kind enough to sign for me that I will cherish forever!
On Friday, be sure to send your warm birthday wishes to @therealstanlee and be sure to include the hashtag “#Happy90th” in your tweet.