Stan Lee is one of the most widely recognized names in all of pop culture – and he’s coming back to Salt Lake Comic Con! In preparation for Stan’s next visit to Salt Lake City, check out these 15 things you may not know about the King of Comics:
- Stan Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber. He used the penname “Stan Lee” because he was saving his real name for a novel he one day intended to write. “I felt someday I’d be writing the Great American Novel and I didn’t want to use my real name on these silly little comics,” Lee said.
- One of his first jobs was writing obituaries for the National Tuberculosis Center.
- Stan is an Army veteran. He enlisted in 1942 and served through World War II and until 1945. He served as part of the Signal Corps, where he wrote manuals, training film scripts and slogans for the Army’s home front efforts during WWII and also did occasional cartooning. He was one of only nine people in the Army at that time to be listed as a “playwright.”
- He became an editor at Timely Comics in 1941. Timely Comics would eventually be renamed “Atlas Comics” in the 1950s and was re-branded as “Marvel Comics” in 1961.
- Some of Stan’s favorite authors include William Shakespeare, H.G. Wells, Arthur Conan Doyle, Mark Twain, Charles Dickens and Stephen King.
- When Spider-man married Mary Jane in 1987, Marvel held a publicity event at Shea Stadium in New York, featuring actors dressed like Spider-Man and Mary Jane. Stan officiated the wedding ceremony.
- In 1998, Stan signed a lifetime deal with Marvel Enterprises, Inc. The contract only requires that he spend 10 percent of his time with the company. In a 2012 Reddit Q&A thread, he told a fan, “I don’t have any spare time.”
- It is no secret that Stan has cameo roles in many Marvel movies, but did you know that it is actually part of his contract? A special clause in the agreement specifies that Stan must appear in any film based on one of his characters.
- Stan wrote more than a dozen DC Comics in a series that re-imagined many popular DC characters with new histories and personalities. He has said that his favorite DC character is Lobo.
- In 2008, President George W. Bush presented Stan with the American National Medal of the Arts.
- In 2012, Stan co-wrote a New York Times bestselling graphic novel for 1821 Comics called Romeo and Juliet: The War.
- Stan Lee is a playable character in downloadable content for the 2012 video game The Amazing Spider-Man.
- If he could be one Marvel super villain, Stan has said he would want to be Dr. Doom.
- Stan’s trademark catchphrase – “Excelsior!” – means “Ever upward.” It is also the New York state motto.
- Stan is the recipient of the 2,428th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It is located at 7072 Hollywood Blvd, in front of the Live Nation Building.
Be sure to catch Stan at Salt Lake Comic Con, September 4-6!
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