2. He had Howard Hughes in mind when he created Iron Man

The inspiration for Stan Lee's Tony Stark a.k.a. Iron Man was Howard Hughes, a film director and philanthropist known for his playboy lifestyle.

"Hughes was one of the most colourful men of the time," Lee explained in an interview. "He was an inventor, an adventurer, a ladies' man and a nutcase. He was incredible."

When Stan Lee introduced the character to audiences in 1963, he was well aware of the challenge he faced in presenting a weapons manufacturer as a hero.

"I think I gave myself a dare. It was the height of the Cold War. The young readers—if there was one thing they hated, it was war, it was the military," he told Movie Pilot. "So I got a hero who represented that to the hundredth degree. He was a weapons manufacturer, he was providing weapons for the Army, he was rich, he was an industrialist. I thought it would be fun to take the kind of character that nobody would like, none of our readers would like, and shove him down their throats and make them like him."

 

3. Stan Lee isn't his real name

The comic legend originally reserved the pen name Stan Lee for what he assumed would be his lesser works in comic book writing. He intended on using his real name, Stanley Martin Lieber for the novels he planned on writing.

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