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RIP Stan Lee: Life and times of the real superhero of Marvel Comics

Here's a look at the life and times of Stan Lee -- the creative dynamo who revolutionised comic books and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes

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Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionised comic books and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes, died on November 12. He was 95. (Image: Reuters)
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Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionised comic books and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes, died on November 12. He was 95. (Image: Reuters)

As a top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, Lee was widely considered the architect of the contemporary comic book. Here’s a look at his life and times (Image: Reuters)
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As a top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, Lee was widely considered the architect of the contemporary comic book. Here’s a look at his life and times (Image: Reuters)

Stanley Martin Lieber was born in 1922, in New York. He got a job at Timely Comics after graduating from high school. Within a few months, the editor and art director quit, leaving him with creative control over the company. The company was renamed Atlas Comics and, finally, Marvel. (Image: Reuters)
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Stanley Martin Lieber was born in 1922, in New York. He got a job at Timely Comics after graduating from high school. Within a few months, the editor and art director quit, leaving him with creative control over the company. The company was renamed Atlas Comics and, finally, Marvel. (Image: Reuters)

Lieber changed his name, thinking Lee would be used for "silly little comics" and his real name would be reserved for novels. His early work largely reflected popular movies -- westerns, crime dramas, and romance, whatever was the rage at the time. (Image: Reuters)
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Lieber changed his name, thinking Lee would be used for "silly little comics" and his real name would be reserved for novels. His early work largely reflected popular movies -- westerns, crime dramas, and romance, whatever was the rage at the time. (Image: Reuters)

Lee hit his stride in the 1960s when he brought the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man and numerous others to life. (Image: Reuters)
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Lee hit his stride in the 1960s when he brought the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man and numerous others to life. (Image: Reuters)

He revived the industry by offering the costumes and action craved by younger readers. He insisted on sophisticated plots, college-level dialogue, satire, science fiction, even philosophy. (Image: Reuters)
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He revived the industry by offering the costumes and action craved by younger readers. He insisted on sophisticated plots, college-level dialogue, satire, science fiction, even philosophy. (Image: Reuters)

In 1972, Lee became Marvel's publisher and editorial director; four years later, 72 million copies of Spider-Man were sold. (Image: Reuters)
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In 1972, Lee became Marvel's publisher and editorial director; four years later, 72 million copies of Spider-Man were sold. (Image: Reuters)

The first big-budget movie based on Lee's characters, "X-Men," was a smash hit in 2000, earning more than $130 million at North American theatres. (Image: Reuters)
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The first big-budget movie based on Lee's characters, "X-Men," was a smash hit in 2000, earning more than $130 million at North American theatres. (Image: Reuters)

A Marvel movie empire emerged after that, one of the most lucrative mega-franchises in cinema history, with the recent "Avengers: Infinity War" grossing more than $2 billion worldwide. (Image: Reuters)
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A Marvel movie empire emerged after that, one of the most lucrative mega-franchises in cinema history, with the recent "Avengers: Infinity War" grossing more than $2 billion worldwide. (Image: Reuters)

In 10 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe film shave netted over $17.6 billion in worldwide grosses. Lee is survived by his daughter, Joanie, and a younger brother who also worked in comics, Larry Lieber. (Image: Reuters)
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In 10 years, the Marvel Cinematic Universe film shave netted over $17.6 billion in worldwide grosses. Lee is survived by his daughter, Joanie, and a younger brother who also worked in comics, Larry Lieber. (Image: Reuters)

First Published on Nov 13, 2018 09:13 am
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