Appreciating all that makes America special

Stan Lee, Marvel Comics

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Stan Lee single-handedly changed the concept of “superhero,” and in so doing changed modern American culture. Lee, who cut his teeth writing Captain America comics in the 1940s, created (or co-created) some of the most enduring characters of the last half century: Spider-Man, The Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Avengers, Silver Surfer, Daredevil, and literally dozens and dozens more.

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Lee is a writer who works collaboratively with Marvel’s art staff to create plots for his stories. One of his most notable contributions is to humanize his superheroes. Gone are the ideal, flawless, almost robotic characters; in their place are superheroes who gripe, hurt, and are almost mortal. They’re more like you and me, but with some freakish power.

It’s hard to imagine what Hollywood would have done in this past decade if Marvel’s backlist of stories didn’t exist. According to Wikipedia, 32 films have been made from Marvel comics, 26 of them since 2000, bringing in hundreds of millions of dollars at the box office. And to think, my father called them “funny books.”

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