- I'm no prophet, but I'm guessing that comic books will always be strong. I don't think anything can really beat the pure fun and pleasure of holding a magazine in your hand, reading the story on paper, being able to roll it up and put it in your pocket, reread again later, show it to a friend, carry it with you, toss it on a shelf, collect them, have a lot of magazines lined up and read them again as a series. I think young people have always loved that. I think they always will.
- --Stan Lee (Brandweek, May 2000)
Stanley Martin Lieber (he would later change his name to Stan Lee) was born on December 28, 1922, to Celia and Jack Lieber. His ancestry is Ashkenazi Jewish. The first issue that Stan Lee ever wrote was Captain America Comics #3.
He wanted to leave around the time he wrote the Fantastic Four. The only reason that he wrote the book was because his wife told him "Do it your way. The worst they can do is fire you. And you want to quit anyways!"
Stanley Lieber arrived at Marvel when Martin Goodman hired him. Stan was originally an assistant for Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, and wrote a written story for Captain America Comics Vol 1 3, but changed his name to 'Stan Lee' as he didn't want his name on comic books. He wanted to be a book writer, and not have his name published on comics - something society looked down on back then. He eventually lead to create superheroes like The Destroyer, became Editor-in-Chief and led the company through its worst times.
As a major figure of the pop-culture, Stan Lee has featured in many cameos for various creations more or less related to the super-heroes and comics universes.
Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance in most of the films based on Marvel Comics since 2000's X-Men. The following is a list of Stan Lee's cameos:
- The Trial of the Incredible Hulk: His first cameo, uncredited, as a jury foreman.
- X-Men: A hot dog vendor who sees Senator Kelly after he escapes from Magneto.
- Spider-Man: An innocent bystander who saves a small girl from falling debris during Spider-Man's first battle with the Green Goblin.
- Daredevil: A recently-blinded Matt Murdock prevents him from crossing the street and being hit by a bus.
- Hulk: A security guard at Bruce Banner's lab, alongside Lou Ferrigno.
- Spider-Man 2: An innocent bystander at Spider-Man's first battle with Dr. Octopus.
- Fantastic Four: Willie Lumpkin. This is the first time Stan Lee has made a cameo appearance as a character from the comics.
- X-Men: The Last Stand: Along with Chris Claremont, a neighbor of the Grey family when Charles Xavier and Magneto arrived to recruit Jean in the 1980s.
- Spider-Man 3: A man in Times Square reading a news bulletin about Spider-Man with Peter Parker.
- Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer: Himself, a guest that security guards turn away from the wedding of Reed Richards and Sue Storm.
- Iron Man: A man Tony Stark mistakes for Hugh Hefner.
- The Incredible Hulk: The person who drinks the soda contaminated by Bruce Banner's blood.
- Iron Man 2: A man Tony Stark mistakes for Larry King.
- Thor: One of the rednecks who attempts to lift Mjolnir with his pickup truck after it lands in New Mexico.
- Captain America: The First Avenger: A general who attends Steve Rogers' medal ceremony, but when another officer shows up saying Rogers cannot attend, he believes that this is Captain America and comments that he "thought he'd be taller."
- Marvel's The Avengers: Poses as a random citizen interviewed by the press about the Avengers' battle with the Chitauri. He dismisses the idea of superheroes in New York City.
- Also appears in one of the deleted scenes, where he berates Steve Rogers for not asking for a waitress' number.
- The Amazing Spider-Man: A librarian, due to the headphones he is wearing, oblivious to Spider-Man's fight with the Lizard, which is happening right behind him.
- Iron Man 3: A beauty pageant judge in Nashville.
- Thor: The Dark World: A patient in the same mental hospital as Erik Selvig whom the professor lectures about the Convergence.
- Captain America: The Winter Soldier: A security guard at the Smithsonian who notices a replica of Captain America's WWII costume has been stolen.
- The Amazing Spider-Man 2: A man at the high school graduation ceremony who recognizes Peter Parker as he walks onto the stage to take his certificate.
- Guardians of the Galaxy: A man standing on a balcony in Xandar, talking, while Rocket insults him through binoculars nearby.
- Big Hero 6: Fred's father, a retired superhero.
- Avengers: Age of Ultron: A WWII veteran who attends the Avengers' party and insists Thor to share with him an Asgardian drink meant for gods. He disregards Thor's warning, believing himself to be strong enough to take it, and is subsequently taken off screen, completely drunk, saying "Excelsior."
- Ant-Man: A bartender in Luis' story.
- Deadpool: An MC at the strip club Vanessa works on.
- Captain America: Civil War: A FedEx delivery man, who misreads Tony Stark's last name as "Stank".
- X-Men: Apocalypse: A man, who along with his wife (played by Stan Lee's actual wife Joan), witnesses the simultaneous launch of all of Earth's nuclear missiles.
- Doctor Strange: A bus passenger reading Aldous Huxley's book The Doors of Perception, while Doctor Strange and Mordo crashes into one of the windows of the bus during a chase sequence with Kaecilius, where Lee exclaims "Now, that's hilarious!" while reading his book.
- Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: An astronaut telling stories to a group of Watchers, he seems to be recounting the events of his cameo from Captain America: Civil War. He is later seen asking for the Watchers to return, as they were his ride home.
- Spider-Man: Homecoming: As Gary, who is one of the neighbors berating Spider-Man for mistaking their neighbor, for being a car thief that had gotten locked out of his car, and for triggering the car's alarm.
- Thor: Ragnarok: The barber who cuts Thor's hair before his fight with the Hulk.
- Black Panther: A gambler who, after T'Challa spoke to Everett Ross at a table in a casino, takes the bet he put on the table for himself.
- Avengers: Infinity War: The driver of the school bus Peter Parker is riding to school on, who scolds the other children for being amazed at the arrival of Thanos' Q-Ship, as if they haven't seen a spaceship before.
- Deadpool 2: As a mural seen when Domino parachutes in to intercept a transportation of prisoners.
- Ant-Man and the Wasp: A man who is just about to unlock his car, before it's accidentally hit by one of Wasp's Pym Discs, causing it to shrink.
- Teen Titans Go!: To the Movies: Stan Lee breaks the fourth wall and grabs the camera so it would focus on him, and strikes different poses. Most of them are references to Marvel characters, such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Wolverine and Cyclops. He quickly runs away after realising this is a DC movie. He returns later in the movie just to say he loves doing cameos.
- Venom: A man walking his dog, who comes across Eddie Brock and gives him advice about not giving up on love, specifically for Anne Weying.
- Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse: As Stan the shop owner who sells Miles Morales his first Spider-Man's Suit.
- In addition to his prominent scene, Stan Lee also appears briefly in several other shots, such as a passenger on the train and a passerby stepping over Peter Parker.
- Captain Marvel: As himself on the train, reading the script and rehearsing the lines for his role in Mallrats.
- Avengers: Endgame: Playing an unnamed peace protester, he drives by a military base, yelling "Make love, not war!".
- Wreck-it Ralph 2: Ralph Breaks the Internet: A digital version of Stan Lee is seen in the Marvel section in Oh My Disney.
- Stan Lee made a cameo in the first season of Heroes as a bus driver.
- Stan Lee performed the voice of Frank Elson (and the character was also designed to look like Lee) in the two-part Spider-Man: The New Animated Series episode "Mind Games", which also was the series finale.
- Stan Lee had a big voice role as the Mayor of Super Hero City in the Super Hero Squad Show.
- Stan Lee voice acts as a version of himself in the Ultimate Spider-Man animated series. This Stan Lee is a founding member of this reality's SHIELD, and he is currently working undercover as a janitor at Midtown High School.
- Stan Lee makes a cameo appearance in the Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. episode "T.R.A.C.K.S." as a passenger aboard the train Phil Coulson and his team board to intercept Cybertek employees delivering a package to Ian Quinn.
- Stan Lee appears as the mayor of Vista Verde in Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H..
- Stan Lee appears in the Phineas and Ferb special Phineas and Ferb: Mission Marvel as hot dog vendor and a narrator.
- Stan Lee made a cameo in Marvel's Agent Carter episode "The Blitzkrieg Button" as a man getting his shoes shined next to Howard Stark.
- Stan Lee cameos in Marvel's Daredevil, Marvel's Jessica Jones, Marvel's Luke Cage, Marvel's Iron Fist, and Marvel's The Defenders, as Irving Forbush, pictured in multiple NYPD promotional posters.
- Stan Lee cameos in the The Gifted episode "eXposed" as a man who exits the Tex's Lounge after Marcos Diaz / Eclipse enters.
- Reprising his role as Fred's dad in Big Hero 6: The Series.
- In the Marvel's Runaways episode "Metamorphosis," as the limo driver who transports the main characters to the PRIDE's annual gala.
- In the Marvel's Cloak & Dagger episode "Back Breaker," as a painting in the style of Andy Warhol, in the house of one of Tandy Bowen's victims.
- Heroman: Stan Lee appears as a man at the café Joey works at.
Video Games Cameos
- Stan Lee cameos in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2 as Senator Lieber, and says his state's motto is "Excelsior!".
- Stan Lee is a playable character in LEGO Marvel Super Heroes, LEGO Marvel's Avengers, and LEGO Marvel Super Heroes 2
- As a short-order cook in Marvel's Spider-Man, who expresses how Peter Parker and Mary Jane Watson is one of his favorite guests, and how happy he is seeing the two together again.
- In World of Warcraft, there is an NPC named "Stanley" that is modeled after Stan Lee, and even shouts "Excelsior!"
Stan Lee is popular yet not recurrent in The Simpsons:
- Stan Lee made an appearance in an episode of The Simpsons entitled "I am Furious Yellow" in which Bart creates a comic turned web-cartoon called Angry Dad, which is based on his rageaholic father Homer. The episode itself contains many references to several comic book characters. When he first entered the store, Comic Book Guy was extremely excited, stating that his heart was "beating like Thor's hammer on Doctor Doom's titanium infused faceplate." However, Stan Lee refuses to leave and starts rearranging things in Comic Book Guy's store, making him believe that "his mind is no longer in mint condition." An example of this is when he breaks a customer's Batmobile by cramming an action figure of the Thing into it, putting X-Men comics in front of Superman's on a comic book rack while humming the Spider-Man theme song, and claiming he is the Hulk when Homer, covered entirely in green paint and wearing nothing but broken blue pants, is seen rampaging through Springfield after becoming overcome by rage, of which Comic Book Guy remarks that Lee can't even turn into Bill Bixby, which makes reference to the Incredible Hulk TV series. Lee says he really did it once, and Comic Book Guy replies that he believes him but only wishes he had the power to leave his store. Lee was seen again in "Worst Episode Ever" in a picture on Comic Book Guy's banned for life wall alongside Nelson Muntz, Sideshow Bob, Bart, Milhouse, and Matt Groening. Stan Lee is to make another guest appearance in the 25th season of the show.
- He also appeared in The Simpsons Comics "The death of Comic Book Guy part 1" as the only guest at his funeral aside the Simpsons and was kicked out by the Priest.
- 2716 subject(s) created by "Stan Lee"
- 4555 comic(s) that were produced while "Stan Lee" was Editor-in-Chief
- 2 comic(s) where "Stan Lee" created the cover
- 2517 comic(s) that "Stan Lee" edited
- 2022 comic(s) that "Stan Lee" wrote
- 2 comic(s) that "Stan Lee" penciled
- 1 comic(s) that "Stan Lee" inked
- 1 comic(s) that "Stan Lee" lettered
- 77 work(s) that "Stan Lee" worked as Producer
- A parody of Stan Lee named Funky Flashman is a recurring villain in DC Comics.
- Stan Lee prefers physical comics over digital.
- 8 appearance(s) of Stan Lee (Earth-1218)
- 1 minor appearance(s) of Stan Lee (Earth-1218)
- 6 mention(s) of Stan Lee (Earth-1218)
- 2 quotation(s) by or about Stan Lee (Earth-1218)