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Artists in 60 Seconds: Stan Lee


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Stan Lee arrives at Spike TV's 2008 Scream awards held at the Greek Theater on October 18, 2008 in Los Angeles, California.

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Movement, Style, School or Type of Art:

Comic and Sequential Art

Date and Place of Birth:

December 28, 1922, New York City (as Stanley Lieber)


Though his only "real" artwork consists of cartoons drawn while writing army training manuals during WWII, Lee is an icon in comic and sequential art circles. At the helm of Marvel Comics nearly from its start, writer and editor Lee is responsible for introducing the human element in superheroes, promoting women and minorities as characters, making comic books hugely popular and transitioning them to TV and film. He was certainly aided in this by artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko (among others).

Important Works:

  • The Fantastic Four, 1961
  • Spider-Man, 1962
  • The Incredible Hulk, 1962
  • X-Men, 1963

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