Comic book and comic strip writer and editor Stan Lee has passed away.
(Stanley Martin Lieber)
December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018
Stan Lee had been in the comics business since 1941, but it was in 1961 that he began his rise to fame. With Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, and others Stan Lee created the legendary Marvel Comics of the 1960s.
As much as the stories it was Stan’s outreach to the readers that created a Marvelmania cult. Stan’s editorial asides, notes, and pages within the comic books set up an atmosphere that made the fans feel as if they were a part of the Marvel Bullpen, a part of a select community. Marvel comics were FUN.
Partnering Stan’s snazzy scripts with Jack Kirby’s explosive layouts generated intelligent, engrossing, ongoing stories that captivated the young people.
Marvel became the “In” place to be for the hip comic book reader.
While famous, and justly so, for his comic books, Stan had his hand in comic strips.
A list of his comic strips would include
My Friend Irma
Mrs. Lyons’ Cubs
The Virtue of Vera Valiant
The Incredible Hulk
and The Amazing Spider-Man which started in 1977 and continues nearing a 42 year run.