EXCELSIOR! Happy Birthday, Mr. Marvel!

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Posted by No_Name_ (12593 posts) - - Show Bio

Have you wished Stan Lee a happy birthday? 

 
It is pretty amazing to think that the most famous and iconic man in comics, the heralded former publisher of Marvel comics, Stan "The Man" Lee turns 87 today. Behind him is over a half a century of an absolutely incredible franchise, and a completely changed industry where comic book characters fill more than just a comic strip in a weekly paper, and have been developed into multi faceted characters who express emotions and are not necessarily invincible. What is probably more amazing still is Stan Lee's inability to stop working. At the ripe old age of 87, Mr. Lee is still a kid at heart, attending comic book conventions throughout the country and making guest cameo appearances in virtually all of Marvel's film adaptations. His upcoming projects include a cameo appearance in ' Iron Man 2' as well as Kenneth Branagh's ' Thor.' In addition to holding a title as Marvel's Chairman Emeritus, Mr. Lee also heads a separate company, POW Entertainment and has a variety of his own projects he is presently working on through that company which include everything from live action films, to a documentary entitled "True Believer," focusing on the life and times of Stan Lee, currently in post production. 
  
If you ever wondered what makes Stan Lee such an influential figure in the industry, then you need only look to the
massive catalog of Marvel characters he is credited for creating. Not only did Lee create a great number of incredibly entertaining characters, but he essentially changed the face of the entire industry. In the introduction to "Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics," Stan Lee sums up the influence he has had on comic book characters rather distinctly.  

Ask any Marvel fan why he favors our line of comics and he'll probably say something to this effect, "They have a certain style that I like,: Perhaps the most important element in the so-called Marvel style is the fact that we have to stress realism in every panel. I can imagine the scoffers among you leaping to their feet and exclaiming "How can he speak of realism when Marvel specializes in fantasy?" The trick is to create a fantastic premise and then envelope it with as much credibility as possible. Case in point: Spider-Man. Here's a character who can walk on walls like an insect and shoots webs that enable him to swing from building to building. Hardly an overdose of total reality, I grant you. Well, having established the parameters of the unrreal, we then do our best to to treat ol' Spidey as if he could be your next door neighbor. Despite his super powers, he still has money troubles, allergy attacks, dandruff, self-doubts and unexpected defeats. In other words, we think of him as real and try to depict him accordingly. 

Not only did Stan Lee alter the way characters are written in comic books, but he did everything in his power to promote his timeless characters, going so far as to dress up as "Uncle Stan" in a promotional stunt to encourage sales back in 1975, for example. In a sense, Stan himself is Marvel Comics, and will most likely always be associated with being the father of the great publishing company. As comic book fans, we should feel honored to have him.  I did not realize or fully fathom how really fantastic he is until I had the opportunity to meet and interview him at Comic Con. If there is any one person in the industry who has a reason to be conceited or think very highly of himself, it is Stan Lee; but he is not. Mr. Lee is one of the kindest and sweetest guys you will ever meet, and looking back on that moment, I feel honored to have met him.  So, if I had a glass to toast to you, I would, but my coffee mug will have to do. Happy Birthday, Stan Lee and may you bless us with many more years of you. 
#1 Posted by Agent Buttons (12411 posts) - - Show Bio
Happy Birthday Stan
#2 Posted by SUPER-MAN 23 (2201 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy B-day Stan

#3 Posted by Citizen 14 (1213 posts) - - Show Bio

Whoo. Happy Birthday Stan.

#4 Posted by The Avenging Angel (52 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday Stan "The Man"!!
#5 Posted by NightFang (10367 posts) - - Show Bio
Happy Birthday Stan!!!!
#6 Posted by The_Warlord (1758 posts) - - Show Bio

Woohoo, the birthday of a legend

#7 Posted by cmaprice (824 posts) - - Show Bio

To "The Man!"
 
Cheers, Stan.

#8 Posted by Kid_Zombie (822 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday Stan the man!

#9 Edited by The Sharp Dressed Lady (285 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday, Stan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! We all love you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 8D 
 
 
 

#10 Posted by Sparda (15795 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy birthday Stan!
 
Man, 87. Quite a run.

#11 Posted by BlackHand (8 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday Stan!

#12 Posted by KasadyCarnage (313 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy B-Day, Stan the Man
#13 Posted by goldenkey (2920 posts) - - Show Bio

make mine marvel stan, happy happy
#14 Posted by Kurrent (14073 posts) - - Show Bio

 Happy Birthday Stan

#15 Posted by MichaeltheFly (6555 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday to the man that made from Marvel what it is today.

#16 Posted by MysteriousBlack (204 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday, Stan Lee. You're the greatest =)
#17 Posted by Croz1007 (8 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday to Stan.  Without him comics would be pretty boring.

#18 Posted by frogger (94 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday and I wish you many more.

#19 Posted by Namor1987 (1892 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday Stan Lee

#20 Posted by Rabbit Tots (477 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday Mr. Lee marry me.
#21 Posted by juniorlhulk (71 posts) - - Show Bio

 Happy Birthday Stan

#22 Posted by .Mistress Redhead. (27118 posts) - - Show Bio

did it on twitter!

#23 Posted by joshmightbe (24802 posts) - - Show Bio

happy bday stan
#24 Posted by geraldthesloth (33313 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy burfday stanny

#25 Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir (18976 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday, Stanley Lieber!!!!!!!

#26 Posted by camodude (193 posts) - - Show Bio

happy b-day Stan. save me a piece of cake will you?

#27 Posted by Ms. Omega (4587 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday Stan :)


 

#28 Posted by timrothsays (632 posts) - - Show Bio

oh shi~

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!11

#29 Posted by Benzo (619 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy birthday Stan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

#30 Posted by TheBug (1069 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday Stan the man! Thanks for everything!
#31 Posted by Bruce Vain (1781 posts) - - Show Bio

I need to meet Stan , Joe Simon and Gerry Robinson damn it before it's too late !! 
 
Anyways Happy Birthday Stan "The Man" Lee !!!
#32 Posted by Hamz (340 posts) - - Show Bio

Stan Lee can only get older, his mutant healing factor will keep him alive.....Happy Birthday!

#33 Posted by Decept-O (7379 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday Stan!  
 
How awesome was it for you to interview him, Babs?!?  Bet you will never forget that one!
#34 Posted by Quest (107 posts) - - Show Bio

happy birthday stan

#35 Posted by DEGRAAF (7939 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday Stan!!!
#36 Posted by Comiclove5 (1258 posts) - - Show Bio

Hppy B-Day Mr. Lee and many many more.
#37 Posted by grimreaper1980 (606 posts) - - Show Bio

happy birth day to the king of marvel comics, thank you sir

#38 Posted by LauraXx23 (88 posts) - - Show Bio
@Rabbit Tots said:
"Happy Birthday Mr. Lee marry me. "

Me too!
#39 Posted by Winduizcool (733 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday Stan!

#40 Posted by Omega Ray Jay (8109 posts) - - Show Bio

Have a good one sir, if i were wearing a hat i would tip it to you

#41 Posted by xerox_kitty (15762 posts) - - Show Bio

Dear Stan, I wish I will be half as insane & creative as you when I am your age ;)  Seriously... Excelsior, Mr Marvel!  Keep up the good work!!

#42 Posted by Emperor Gonzo Noir (18976 posts) - - Show Bio

Mr. lee......what was it like to work with Steve Ditko? jk but srsly

#43 Posted by tensor (5352 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday Stan

#44 Edited by InnerVenom123 (29515 posts) - - Show Bio

Happy Birthday!!! YOU'RE AMAZING!
#45 Posted by Eccentric (185 posts) - - Show Bio

happy B-day ^^

#46 Posted by jefprice (848 posts) - - Show Bio

Stan is one of the all time fiction greats, I have a couple of books from him signed that will always be 2 of the best books in my collection. God bless Stan, Now write us more comics!

#47 Posted by Incredible Hulk-Prime (1466 posts) - - Show Bio

"Happy Birthday Stan Lee!"
#48 Posted by MysterioMaximus (927 posts) - - Show Bio

HAPPY BIRTHDAY STAN "THE MAN" LEE! You're the best!
#49 Posted by Kiara_Sullivan (30119 posts) - - Show Bio

OH GOSH! Happy Birthday Stan! I hope it's a blessed day... well whats left of it xP
#50 Posted by sevennames27 (1554 posts) - - Show Bio
Happy Birthday Stan    

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