9 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Stan Lee

  • During an era where comics were highly censored and supervised, Stan Lee was the first to incorporate drug use into his stories, through a Spider-Man storyline where Harry Osborne takes LSD
  • In 2003 he created Stripperella, an adult cartoon, with the help of Pamela Anderson who voiced the character
  • Stan Lee created more than 200 characters in total for the Marvel universe, including the Avengers, the original X-Men, the Fantastic Four and many others…
  • Stan Lee never went to… the hairdresser. As he said in his biography, ‘All of my adult life I never went to the hairdresser. My wife Joanie always cuts my hair for me.’
  • At first Stan Lee wanted the Hulk to be… grey. But the printer who edited his comics could not maintain colour consistency. He thus became green starting with the second issue.

After sadly passing away on Monday, November 12th at the age of 95, Stan Lee leaves behind a life rich in many twists and turns. Here are some facts about the legendary comic book writer that you probably didn't know.

A true legend of American comics, Stan Lee died on Monday, November 12th at the age of 95. Creator of many heroes of the Marvel universe, including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, The X-Men and The Fantastic Four, the writer revolutionised the ‘comic book’ and strongly influenced popular culture over his career which began in the early 1960s.

Becoming a true figurehead of pop culture, Stan Lee for several years now took on the habit of passing in front of the camera for short appearances, or ‘cameos’ in movies featuring his superheroes. Although many know about the work he did, some parts of his life remain however unknown to the general public. For example, did you know that one day Stan dropped his Marvel heroes to go work on those of DC Comics?

• Rob Mitchell
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