To mark Stan Lee's 95th birthday this past month we've unearthed some lesser-known facts about the legendary Marvel creator.
He's the writer and creative mind behind the Marvel universe and therefore a legend in the comic book world. With creations like Spiderman, Iron Man and The Hulk he re-imagined the modern super hero and gave new life to an industry that was considered lowbrow when he first started in the early 1940s.
Today, his impact is still felt, not only in the comic book industry but on the big screen where his heroes are brought to life in epic fashion.
To celebrate his 95th birthday this past month (Dec. 28, 2017), we've unearthed some lesser-known facts about the creator of the Marvel Universe.
Here, 9 things you (probably) didn't know about Stan Lee.
1. He landed an editor position at 17
Lee was first hired as an assistant at Timely Comics in 1939 and quickly moved his way up to staff writer.
While he never intended on a career in comic book writing, the 17-year-old would receive the opportunity of a lifetime in 1940 when his two editors were fired.
The publisher Martin Goodman, who was also Lee's uncle by marriage, asked him to fill the editor position while he searched for a replacement.
"When you're 17 years old, what do you know?" Lee said of the job offer in an interview with Web of Stories. "I said 'sure I can do it.' And that was it. I became the editor and I think he forgot to hire somebody."
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