Things You Didn’t Know About Stan Lee


8. HE NEARLY QUIT COMICS!

Stan Lee nearly quit the comic world when he was asked to use simpler words during a time when comics were seen as childish. In the late 1950s, DC Comics editor Julius Schwartz had revived the superhero genre and had an unexpectedly big hit with the updated version of The Flash. In response, Publisher Martin Goodman asked Lee to create a new superhero team.

Planning for the Fantastic Four to be his last comic creation, he deliberately, in an act of rebellion, upped the complexity. Far from the slapstick adventures his superiors had expected, Stan had hit upon something extraordinary instead.

His characters, unlike the traditional heroes that all got along just fine, argued amongst themselves. They had real-world problems that readers of all ages could relate to. Initially hesitant, having expected something closer to the Justice League of America (with it’s ideal archetypes), the publishers gave him their full support when the series became a financial success.

Teams such as the Avengers and X-Men followed soon after, both following the pattern of having individuals with egos and issues, and being less than flawless.

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