Where was he born?
A: In Manhattan, New York City, in the apartment of his Romanian-born Jewish
What was his birth name?
A: Stanley Martin Lieber.
Who were his parents?
A: Celia and Jack Lieber.
His father was trained as a what?
A: A dress cutter.
Lee had one younger brother named what?
A: Larry Lieber.
He said in 2006 that as a child he was influenced by what?
A: Books and movies, particularly those with Errol Flynn playing heroic roles.
By the time Lee was in his teens, the family was living where?
A: In an apartment at 1720 University Avenue in The Bronx.
Lee described it as a what?
A: A third-floor apartment facing out back.
Lee and his brother shared the bedroom, while their parents slept where?
A: On a foldout couch.
Lee attended what High School in the Bronx?
A: DeWitt Clinton High School.
In his youth, Lee enjoyed writing, and entertained dreams of one day doing what?
A: Writing the "Great American Novel".
He said that in his youth he worked such part-time jobs as what?
A: Writing obituaries for a news service and press releases for the National Tuberculosis Center, delivering sandwiches, working as an office, ushering at the Rivoli
Theater, and selling subscriptions to the
New York Herald Tribune.
He graduated from high school early, at what age?
A: 16½ in 1939.
With the help of his uncle Robbie Solomon, where did Lee become an assistant in 1939?
A: At the new Timely Comics division of pulp magazine and comic-book publisher Martin Goodman's company.
Timely, by the 1960s, would evolve into what?
A: Marvel Comics.
Lee, whose cousin Jean was Goodman's wife, was formally hired by whom?
A: Timely editor Joe Simon.
Marshaling his childhood ambition to be a writer, young Stanley Lieber made his comic-book debut with what text filler?
A: "Captain America Foils the Traitor's Revenge" in
Captain America Comics #3 (cover-dated May 1941).
What name did he use?
A: He used the pseudonym Stan Lee.
Years later he would adopt it as his what?
A: Legal name.
He graduated from writing filler to actual comics with what backup feature?
A: Headline Hunter, Foreign Correspondent, two issues later.
Lee's first superhero co-creation was what?
A: The Destroyer, in Mystic Comics #6 (August 1941).
What did fans and historians call this period?
A: The Golden Age of Comic Books.
When Simon and his creative partner Jack Kirby left late in 1941, following a dispute with Goodman, what did Goldman do?
A: He installed Lee, just under 19 years old, as interim editor.
The youngster showed a knack for the business that led him to remain as the comic-book division's editor-in-chief, as well as art director for much of that
time, until when?
Until 1972, when he would succeed Goodman as publisher.
Lee entered the United States Army in early
1942 and served within the US as a member of what?
A: The Signal Corps, repairing telegraph poles and other communications equipment.
He was later transferred to what?
A: The Training Film Division, where he worked writing manuals, training films, slogans, and occasionally cartooning.
His military classification, he says, was what?
How many men in the U.S. Army were given that title?
A: Only nine.
Vincent Fago, editor of Timely's "animation comics" section, which put out humor and
funnyanimal comics, filled in until what?
A: Until Lee returned from his World War II military service in 1945.
In the mid-1950s, by which time the company was now generally known as Atlas Comics, Lee wrote stories in a variety of genres including what?
A: Romance, Westerns, humor,
science fiction, medieval adventure, horror and suspense.
In the 1950s, Lee teamed up with his comic book colleague Dan DeCarlo to produce what?
A: The syndicated newspaper strip, My Friend Irma, based on the radio comedy starring Marie Wilson.
By the end of the decade, Lee had become what?
A: Dissatisfied with his career and considered quitting the field.
Publisher Martin Goodman assigned Lee to come up with what?
A: A new superhero team.
Lee's wife suggested that he experiment with stories he preferred, since he was planning on what?
A: Changing careers and had nothing to lose.
Lee acted on that advice, giving his superheroes a what?
A: A flawed humanity, a change from the ideal archetypes that were typically written for preteens.
Before this, most superheroes were idealistically perfect
people with no what?
A: Serious, lasting problems.
Lee introduced complex, naturalistic characters who could have what?
A: Bad tempers, fits of melancholy, and vanity and a host of other problems.
Who were the first superheroes Lee and artist Jack Kirby created together?
A: The Fantastic Four.
Again working with Kirby, Lee co-created what?
A: The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and the X-Men.
Lee and Kirby gathered several of their newly created characters together into what team title?
A: The Avengers.
Lee introduced the practice of regularly including a what, on the splash page of each story?
A: Credit panel.
Typically, Lee would brainstorm a story with the artist and then prepare a what?
A: A brief synopsis rather than a full script.
Based on the synopsis, the artist would then do what?
A: Fill the allotted number of pages by determining and drawing the panel-to-panel storytelling.
After the artist turned in penciled pages, what would Lee do?
A: He would write the word balloons and captions, and then oversee the lettering and coloring.
Following Ditko's departure from Marvel in 1966, who became Lee's collaborator on The Amazing
A: John Romita Sr.
Within a year, it overtook Fantastic Four to become what?
A: The Company’s top seller.
The stories became more topical, addressing issues such as what?
A: The Vietnam War,
political elections, and student activism.
Robbie Robertson, introduced in The Amazing Spider-Man #51 (August 1967) was one of the first what?
A: African-American characters in comics to play a serious supporting role.
Fantastic Four #48 was chosen as #24 in the what?
A: 100 Greatest Marvels of All Time poll of Marvel's readers in 2001.
When did Lee and artist John Buscema launch The Silver Surfer series?
A: In August 1968.
The following year, Lee and Gene Colan created the Falcon, comics' first what?
A: African-American superhero in Captain America #117 (September 1969).
In 1972, Lee stopped writing monthly comic books to assume the role of what?
What was his final issue of The Amazing Spider-Man?
A: It was #110 (July 1972) and his last Fantastic Four was #125 (August 1972).
In September 2012, Lee underwent an operation to insert a what?
A: A pacemaker, which required cancelling, planned appearances at conventions.
On July 6, 2017, his wife of 69 years, Joan, died of what?
A: Complications from a stroke.
When did Stan Lee die?
A: On November 12, 2018.
How old was he when he died?
Where did he die?
A: At Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
Earlier that year, what did Lee reveal to the public?
A: That he had been battling pneumonia.