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Stan Lee - 20th Century Genius The Amazing Spider-Man The Incredible Hulk The Uncanny X-Men The Mighty Avengers Daredevil - The Man Without Fear Captain America The Fantastic Four The Invincible Iron Man The Mighty Thor All of these names have a couple of things in common They have all become established American icons through the years and they have all sprung from the creative genius mind of Stan Lee writer editor and creative director for Marvel Comics Along with artists such as Wally Wood Daredevil Jack Kirby Fantastic Four Incredible Hulk Avengers and Steve Ditko Spider-Man Stan Lee has revolutionized the comic book business with superheroes that have the human element Stan Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber in New York City on December 28 1922 10 Questions 2002 In 1939 Stan began working for his uncle Martin Goodman as an office assistant at Timely Comics Within a year he was given the task of writing for Captain America Comics 3 This writing debut sparked enough interest in Lees career that he quickly rose to higher positions like editor and chief writer He joined the Army Signal Corps in World War II writing training films and manuals for the different military branches In addition Lee was awarded the military classification of playwright a distinction that the Army has only awarded to nine men including William Saroyan Rassbach 2002 When Lee returned from his service in the Army Timely Comics began to experience financial difficulties The comic book audience changed from GIs reading about heroes fighting Nazis to readers that wanted more realism in their comics Timely Comics became Atlas Comics with Lee writing westerns true crime comedies horror and mysteries During this time at Atlas Lee met and worked with a pair of legendary artists Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby When Atlas Comics began to fail Lee launched Marvel Comics With Kirbys artistic skills Lee released Marvels first title The Fantastic Four This title
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