Stan Lee: The Superhero King

Ryan J. Splain, Contributor

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On December 28, 1922, a legend was born. 

Stanley Martin Lieber; more commonly known as Stan Lee, was a man who created and supported his and other’s creations for eight decades, working with people such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and many others.  

Stan and his co-writers created the characters who we see on big theater screens and in local stores, characters such as Spider-Man, the web slinging high-schooler, Wolverine with a skeleton stronger than industrial steel, the avengers who battle threats all over the planet, The Fantastic Four who create scientific marvels, Black Panther the king of Wakanda, and many others. All these amazing fictional characters came from the minds of men who loved to read comic books. These men shaped the foundation of what people loved; what people wanted in their favorite stories. 

But Stan lee did not just create characters, no, he changed the way we viewed a hero as a character. Stan Lee created the human hero, the common hero, someone who gets sick and old, someone who can snap and cry, someone with their own personal problems that affect the way they act and react. 

Stan Lee in an age where heroes were the law and were god-like, made heroes who were people with people problems. Stan Lee made a hero who you could relate too, who you could feel happy, angry, and sad for. 

Stan Lee made a hero who was human. And when he died, we realized that -unfortunately- he was human too.

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