I’ve been laying low on the blogging since Santa brought us both the Christmas Flu, but I couldn’t allow this milestone to go unheralded: Stan “The Man” Lee’s 90th birthday!
The Stan Lee story is well known: how in the 50s Stanley Lieber was tired of working in comics when he was asked to create a new superhero team. Wife Joan convinced him to just try his wackiest ideas since if he wanted to leave anyway, he had nothing to lose. And what followed were some of the most beloved comic characters and wildest stories ever told. Sure, there’s always going to be some Internet genius who wants to downplay Lee’s accomplishments but we know the truth: no matter how you slice it, without Stan Lee many of the most successful and beloved characters would not exist.
And it’s not just because of his writing ability and creativity. Stan Lee is a force of nature! His own salesmanship as much as anything else is what helped vault his characters from the funny books to the very pinnacle of pop culture and box office success. I’ve no intimate stories of meeting Stan myself, but having watched him in a panel at Comic Con 2010 it’s absolutely clear that Stan Lee wants to share his enthusiasm with everyone he possibly can. He not only has become the most visible and beloved champion of superheroes and comics, but he’s practically achieved superhero status himself. Or at least icon status.
Happy birthday Stan. May your energy and enthusiasm for life keep inspiring all of us for many, many years!