Stan Lee: Know more about the man who created our favourite superheroes

Did you know that Stan Lee received the National Medal of Arts for his groundbreaking work and being a prolific writer?

If you read comics and love characters Spiderman, Hulk, Batman, Flash, Wonder Woman, then there is no way you have not heard about the legendary Stan Lee. He created these characters who were not only superheroes but also represented some humane aspects about them too. Their vulnerability, that slight chink in the armour but always supporting the right. His contribution to making Marvel comics as iconic as they are today is unparalleled. Here are some of the things you didn’t know about Stan Lee.

Stan Lee was his pseudonym.

His real name was Stanley Martin Lieber. He used Stan Lee as his pseudonym to write his lesser-known work in the world of comic books.

His first fan was his mother.

Stan Lee very fondly remarked that one of his earliest cheerleaders was his mother. He loved reading books of different authors in his childhood, such as Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, H.G.Wells, Mark Twain etc. He maintained that he grew confident because of his mother, who thought whatever young Stan Lee did was brilliant.

He never went to a Barber his whole adult life.

A quirky fact about Stan Lee is that he never once went to Barber for his haircut. His signature slick hairstyle was courtesy of his wife. His wife, Joan, was his Barber and hairstylist.

He started his literary career by writing obituaries.

Before becoming the world-known comic book writer, he wrote obituaries for celebrities in a news office in New York. But he soon left the job as it was very depressing for him.

Hulk was supposed to be grey!

There is no way we see Hulk in any other colour than green (now watching the movies, the image is more struck to our minds). But originally, Hulk was supposed to be grey. But the real culprit was the printer, who had a hard time maintaining the consistency of colour. And then, without any notice, the printer turned Hulk into green. But we are not complaining.

His favourite villain.

Most of us have a favourite superhero, but Stan Lee even loved his grey characters. And his favourite villain in the Marvel universe is Dr Doom. He maintained that Dr Doom is not really bad or evil; he just is misunderstood.

This legendary creator left for heavenly abode in 2018, leaving behind the legacy of characters and book that would inspire generations to come.

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