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Stanley Martin Lieber (born on December 28th, 1922), better known by his pen name "Stan Lee," is an American cartoonist, reality show host, producer, voice-artist, and actor, best known for co-creating such popular comic-book characters as Spider-Man, the X-Men, Daredevil, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Fantastic Four, Thor, The Avengers, and more.
Stan and his fellow cartoonist, Steve Ditko, conceived the character as an orphan being raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, and as a teenager, having to deal with the normal struggles of adolescence in addition to those of a costumed crimefighter. Spider-Man's creators gave him super strength and agility, the ability to cling to most surfaces, shoot spider-webs using devices of his own invention which he called "web-shooters," and react to danger quickly with his "spider-sense," enabling him to combat his foes.
When Stan first showed his publisher the idea, the publisher immediately turned it down because he said that no one likes spiders and for the fact that the main hero is a teenager.
- Amazing Spider-Man #1–100, 105–110, 116–118, 200 (1962–80); (backup stories): #634–655 (2010–11)
- Lee had previously narrated the Seven Little Superheroes episode of Spider-Man & His Amazing Friends, which the Hulk series was paired with for broadcast.
- When Spider-Man travels into different dimensions in the final part of Spider Wars in Spider-Man: The Animated Series, he soon comes into one where he is a fictional superhero and Stan Lee is his creator. He takes Stan Lee for a ride around town and chats with him a little before leaving him on top of a building to return to his universe. Stan jokingly remarks that maybe he should wait for the Fantastic Four to come get him down.
- He also voices the character "Frank Elson" in an episode of Spider-Man: The New Animated Series broadcast by MTV in 2003, and entitled "Mind Games" (Parts 1 & 2, originally aired on August 15 & 22, 2003).
- He voiced a loading dock worker named "Stan" on The Spectacular Spider-Man in the episode Blueprints.
- Stan Lee has appeared in episodes of the Disney XD TV series Ultimate Spider-Man as a high school janitor named "Stan," in which he makes references to Lee's real-life career. In the pilot, Great Power, he mentions Irving Forbush, a character Lee co-created in 1955 as a literary device. He is also an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D.
- In Spider-Man (2002), he appears during Spider-Man's first battle with the Green Goblin, pulling a little girl away from falling debris. In the DVD's deleted scenes, Lee has an expanded cameo in which he plays a street vendor who tries to sell Peter Parker a pair of sunglasses "just like the X-Men wear."
- In Spider-Man 2, Lee pulls an innocent person away from danger during Spider-Man's first battle with Doctor Octopus. In a deleted scene that appears as an extra on the film's DVD release, Lee has another cameo, saying, "Look, Spider-Man stole that child's sneakers."
- In Spider-Man 3, Lee appears in a credited role as "Man in Times Square". He stands next to Peter Parker, both of them reading a news bulletin about Spider-Man, and commenting to Peter that, "You know, I guess one person can make a difference. Nuff said." All without Peter saying anything back.
- In The Amazing Spider-Man, Lee makes a cameo appearance in an action scene where he plays a librarian at Midtown Science High School oblivious to the fight between Spider-Man and the Lizard happening behind him.
- Stan Lee narrates the 2000 video game Spider-Man (2000), the 2001 sequel Spider-Man 2: Enter Electro, and 2010's Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions.
- Stan Lee is a playable character in Activision's The Amazing Spider-Man video game, which was released in June 2012, as a tie-in to the film of the same name. In the game, Stan Lee is depicted as having the same superpowers as Spider-Man, and uses them to retrieve the lost pages of a new comic book manuscript that he had lost and were subsequently scattered around Manhattan.
- The first issue that Stan Lee ever wrote was Captain America Comics #3.
- He is also working with Hiroyuki Takei (known for his hit manga series Shaman King) on a manga which seems to be separate from the Marvel Universe, called Karakuridoji Ultimo.
- Stan Lee also made a cameo in the first season of Heroes as a bus driver.
- Stan Lee had a big voice role as the Mayor of Super Hero City in Marvel's Super Hero Squad Show.
- 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.