In the 1950s, the founder of the next Marvel kingdom – as told by PAP journalist Kamil Śmiałkowski – "a comic artist dealing with various activities". Only in the 1960s did his great career break. He began creating more iconic comic characters from Spider-Man to Daredevil, Black Panther or Fantastic Four. From Marvel's "cage" over the next few years, more characters appear: The Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man, Captain America, and more.
Stan Lee was born on December 28, 1922 in New York as Stanley Martin Lieber, son of a Romanian immigrant. When he grew up, he got a job at his relative Publications. The company changed its name to Merunt Comic over time. Stanley wrote horror, romance, criminal stories, and everything that caught the attention of young readers at that time. Apparently he has a lot of talent and – as comic expert and publisher Szymon Holcman said – Lee boils with ideas, has charisma and has the gift of unusual self-creation. He is the seller of his brilliant ideas.
– Marvel managed to destroy the DC Comics hegemony, where Batman and Superman were formed. Stan Lee is a visionary – said Holcman. Later, Stanley Lieber, who changed his name to Lee, became a symbol of American success.
"The first really great success under Stan Lee was Spider-Man. The character that was originally Peter Parker, an ordinary teenager. He was shy, his aunt and uncle raised him, so he had to get a bad job like pushing pizza for a small allowance so he can match the level of life of his schoolmates, bored with ordinary teenage problems, thanks to this, the target reader can easily identify with the protagonist, only at that time Peter Parker gets a new identity, suddenly everyone dreams of being himself, has super powers "This simple trick makes Spider-Man a truly new breakthrough superhero for fans," Holcman added.
According to journalist Jakub Demiańczuk, Stan Lee's influence on popular culture can be compared only to Walt Disney's influence. "They both created a new myth, they both built a strong media empire – and today, Marvel's publishing house belongs to the Disney group – they both both focus on telling stories, what builds their own image," he said. – It's not Stan Stan who came up with the idea of a comic superhero, but he in the 1960s filled the mass imagination with dozens of unforgettable characters. He wants the characters from his comics to be closer to the readers, besides the superhero characters, they have normal life problems and tasks. To deal with human weakness, they have passion and addiction, dreams, and problems at work. He wants a hero like Spider-Man, who fights crime that threatens New York, but "in civilian life" is a teenager who has to earn a living as a photojournalist – added Demiańczuk.
According to journalist Kamil iamiałkowski, it is clear from today's perspective that Stan Lee is one of the most important creators of pop culture. He almost created the twentieth century American mythology, the Marvel world. Of course, every time he creates each character in collaboration with a cartoonist. The idea of humanizing superheroes, he took the readers and in the 1960s began a big boom for Marvel comics – he said.
As Szymon Holcman put it, many people today are excited about the numbers found by Stan Lee, because they had never read comics before, where they appeared – they only knew them from the film.
Holcman stressed that even though Stan Lee himself had an extraordinary imagination, he threw such ideas away, so the legions of people were behind this success. – Marvel was then called "home of ideas", where he worked staff writers and cartoonists. Lee as editor and editor-in-chief suggested ideas, but his employees took ideas and turned them into comics. Among them are Jack Kirby or Steve Ditko, who found Spider-Man clothing and made heroes as iconic figures. Lee, however, keeps his subordinates in strong hands, "Holcman said. He added that Ditko died a few months ago," lonely, poor and most of those who are happy today with the film about Spider-Man being forgotten. "
Śmiałkowski emphasized that Lee's talent for creating and admiring oneself was the loss and profit at the same time. – Two years ago, Stan Lee's autobiography appeared in the form of comics that I translated. He shows how Lee treats himself. He showed himself as the ruler of the world, who quickly moved to overcome his failures, but at the same time was able to boast in an extreme way every success. Megalomania is a loss and its advantages, if not, it will not achieve such success – he concluded.
Spider-Man's film turned out to be a huge success. The first part of 2002 and its continuation from 2004 generated a total of $ 1.6 billion, excluding revenue from DVD releases and gadgets related to the premiere of the film. For decades, it has become a tradition that in films based on Marvel comics, Stan Lee appears directly.