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Stan Lee Celebrates 90th Birthday

timothy posted about a year ago | from the let-us-now-praise-famous-men dept.

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An anonymous reader writes "Congratulatory tweets and missives pour in to honor @theRealStanLee (nee Stanley Lieber), the Romanian immigrant who created or co-created most of Marvel Comics' memorable heroes. Lee celebrated his 90th birthday on Friday. Earlier this year, someone posted a collection of Lee's cameo appearances in Marvel Comics movies, often playing an older gentleman in the crowd ('Superheroes in New York? Give me a break!'), but watch for the time he plays himself, trying to get past a club bouncer ('I'm Stan Lee. I should be on that list!')."

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Happy Birthday (2)

Osgeld (1900440) | about a year ago | (#42424779)

I don't read comic books, but hey its a pretty big milestone so here's to you bud!

scratch my @ss (0, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42425327)

Who cares if he had a big penis ?

Thanks (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42424781)

Thanks for all the entertainment and inspiration.

You know what they say (5, Funny)

93 Escort Wagon (326346) | about a year ago | (#42424801)

With great age comes great responsibility.

Happy 90th birthday, Mr. Lee!

Re:You know what they say (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42425179)

From Wikipedia [wikipedia.org]:

At the end of September 2012, Lee underwent a surgical operation to insert a pacemaker into his body, cancelling planned appearances at conventions. In a statement released to the media, Lee said he did this to insure that he would live for 90 more years.

Apparently he takes his responsibility seriously. But really, why aren't our leading bioengineering firms not researching a drug that can turn him into a giant behemoth or mutate him so that he can withstand flames or turn into water? Can anybody give me one reason why we haven't turned Stan Lee into a Spiderman yet?

Stan Lee is not an immigrant (5, Informative)

cbraescu1 (180267) | about a year ago | (#42424877)

@theRealStanLee (nee Stanley Lieber), the Romanian immigrant who created or co-created most of Marvel Comics' memorable heroes.

While Stan Lee has Jewish-Romanian ancestry, he is definitely not an immigrant. He was born in 1922 on American soil, in New York City.

Re:Stan Lee is not an immigrant (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42425477)

If you have purely US roots you would have been living there for thousands of years.

Re:Stan Lee is not an immigrant (1)

rolfwind (528248) | about a year ago | (#42425511)

And how many generations back makes you purely US roots? And since you mention thousands of years, I guess it's not just to the founding of the United States.

In the end, we all come the same basic area, and everyone emigrated here. Some, just earlier than others.

Re:Stan Lee is not an immigrant (1)

peragrin (659227) | about a year ago | (#42425587)

Well considering the current popular idea is that children born on US soil of immigrants are still immigrants. I would say at least 4-5 generations.

That basically makes 75% of the current US population an immigrant.As the majority came through 100 years ago.

Re:Stan Lee is not an immigrant (2, Informative)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42426101)

I thought the definition of an immigrant was someone who had moved from their country of birth to some other country with the intention of living in the other country. It is also a legal status you attain when your application for immigrant status is approved. If you were born in a country then your are not an immigrant to that country, you are a native, depending on legalities you might not be a citizen. You could be an immigrant to several countries as you travel from place to place over the years. If you travel fast enough you aren't an immigrant, you are a tourist.

Re:Stan Lee is not an immigrant (3, Funny)

KiloByte (825081) | about a year ago | (#42425521)

he is definitely not an immigrant. He was born in 1922 on American soil, in New York City.

Pshaw! I bet his long-form birth certificate is a forgery.

I Met Stan Lee (5, Interesting)

markstrelecki (1378435) | about a year ago | (#42424945)

I met and interviewed Stan Lee at a comic convention in Phoenix back in the eighties. He was gracious to a fault, gave freely and willingly of his time, and paid me several compliments about my comics insight and experience. I only wish I still had that VHS footage, including some interesting time with an up-and comer at the time named Chris Claremont. I had bumped into Stan in a chance elevator ride and managed to babble a request for an interview, which he accepted without hesitation. Just tonight I read his Origins of Marvel Comics, front-to-back, and am reminded of his highly colorful literary style, his extremely imaginative and creative mind, and how much (at least in 1975) credit he was willing to share with Jack Kirby, co-creator of many of those same superheroes. It was a bit of a shock to read that after working with Jack to come up with the character of Galactus, the planet eating superfoe, and deciding what needed to be drawn on the pages, that Jack had, of his own volition and invention, introduced the "required" herald for the big guy, a character we've come to know as Silver Surfer. Stan, you are a force of nature, and the people's lives you've so willingly touched are changed forever. I know I was, and I know that I love this fellow we call Stan Lee. I wish him all the best now, and in the next phase of his existence (where there are likely no typewriters or word processors). Stan showed me that being creative and passionate is the duty of the intelligent mind, and in his honor I will always say "Excelsior!" MARK STRELECKI Atlanta, GA. USA

Re:I Met Stan Lee (2)

PCM2 (4486) | about a year ago | (#42425365)

It was a bit of a shock to read that after working with Jack to come up with the character of Galactus, the planet eating superfoe, and deciding what needed to be drawn on the pages, that Jack had, of his own volition and invention, introduced the "required" herald for the big guy, a character we've come to know as Silver Surfer. Stan, you are a force of nature

Wait ... so you were so shocked to hear how much Kirby contributed, and that he invented the Silver Surfer from whole cloth, that you turned around and gave the credit back to Lee? Insert here that Warner Bros cartoon rapid head-shaking sound that reads like, "Ay-yuh-yi-yuh-yi-yuh-yay-yuh-ai-yuh..."

Agreed 110% with example of inspiration (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42426173)

As well as results academically + athletically too (from the fundamentals comics gave me) -> http://entertainment.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3347977&cid=42425967 [slashdot.org]

ABSOLUTELY AGREED #1 of 2 - changed for the BETTER, forever:

"Stan, you are a force of nature, and the people's lives you've so willingly touched are changed forever. I know I was, and I know that I love this fellow we call Stan Lee. I wish him all the best now, and in the next phase of his existence" - by markstrelecki (1378435) on Sunday December 30, @02:49AM (#42424945) Homepage

Yes, absolutely - they inspired me @ a fundamental level both academically & believe-it-or-not, athletically also, with "proofs thereof" in the links below as well!

---

ABSOLUTELY AGREED #2 of 2 - changed for the BETTER, forever:

"Stan showed me that being creative and passionate is the duty of the intelligent mind, and in his honor I will always say "Excelsior!" MARK STRELECKI Atlanta, GA. USA" - by markstrelecki (1378435) on Sunday December 30, @02:49AM (#42424945) Homepage

Agreed #2 - Since when the malware 'explosion' started 'hitting' bad, 2008 onwards? I re-released this security guide for Windows users, MUCH upgraded (& said it was folks' "IRON MAN ARMOR" online per the great film starring Robert Downey Jr. -> http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&tbo=d&output=search&sclient=psy-ab&q=%22HOW+TO+SECURE+Windows+2000/XP%22&btnG=Submit&gbv=1&sei=lF_gULeDA-nO0QHFmoDYAw [google.com]

(MAINLY to "do the right thing" - which is WHAT comics instill in you 'morally' I felt @ least)...

Then also?

Last year, this as well -> http://start64.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=5851:apk-hosts-file-engine-64bit-version&catid=26:64bit-security-software&Itemid=74 [start64.com]

(As folks' "Captain America Shield" online, more-or-less, for lack of a better analogy here, after seeing the excellent film "Captain America: The First Avenger" - just to supplement the security guide above & make the end result output EASY to acquire & build for them - ALL for better speed, reliability, SECURITY MOST OF ALL, & lots more also... )

The films "Captain America", "Iron Man", & "The Avengers" helped 'reinspire me' to re-enter the freeware software circuit again (after a 7++ yr. absence thereof)...

Mainly since things are getting SO bad online with exploits galore, & because of comics? Yes, because of them early on, I have the ability to hopefully help change them to a degree, & hopefully, for the better (and comics provided the means @ a fundamental level, to get to where I had to be, to acquire the ability to do so).

They also helped me morally as well. They are about "doing the right thing" largely, in their tales!

APK

P.S.=> Yes, Comics inspired me as a both & helped me academically, HUGELY, & even athletically... even morally (since to get them, I had to bicycle MANY miles to do so, along with candy too of course, lol)...

... apk

Re:I Met Stan Lee (1)

Mantrid42 (972953) | about a year ago | (#42430151)

...how much (at least in 1975) credit he was willing to share with Jack Kirby, co-creator of many of those same superheroes. It was a bit of a shock to read that after working with Jack to come up with the character of Galactus, the planet eating superfoe, and deciding what needed to be drawn on the pages, that Jack had, of his own volition and invention, introduced the "required" herald for the big guy, a character we've come to know as Silver Surfer.

Kirby was consistently mistreated at Marvel, and wasn't allowed to characterize the Silver Surfer the way he wanted. Stan Lee may be very personable, but that's because he's been cultivating that for forty years. Kirby deserves way more credit in the world of comic books than Lee does. Read "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story". Pretty much everyone involved (except Kirby, actually) comes off as an asshole.

Re:I Met Stan Lee (1)

HPHatecraft (2748003) | about a year ago | (#42432453)

That made my day. Thanks for words. It's great to hear something uplifting, non-cynical, inspirational.

I met Howard Chaykin this year at Comicpalooza in Houston. I think I felt the same way. I could stand and listen to him talk forever. He was super cool, not a douche, and seemed almost hurt when I didn't want to intrude and have my photo taken with him. That was a great day.

"née" is for women. You should use "né" (0, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42424961)

Please see : http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/nee

Re:"née" is for women. You should use "né (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42425161)

this is why asinine languages are limited to their ignorant toilet countries

It's really Kirby's b-day but Stan's taking credit (2)

Picass0 (147474) | about a year ago | (#42424981)

Stan is the best there is at what he does, and what he does is stand on the sholders of giants.

Re:It's really Kirby's b-day but Stan's taking cre (2)

partyguerrilla (1597357) | about a year ago | (#42425271)

Stan is the best there is at what he does

Fuck Jack Kirby's wife? No but seriously, he does get more credit than what he deserves, specially with Spider-Man's creation.

Re:It's really Kirby's b-day but Stan's taking cre (1)

bill_mcgonigle (4333) | about a year ago | (#42432861)

Stan is the best there is at what he does, and what he does is stand on the sholders of giants.

For every Marvel Comics there are hundreds of would-be authors and artists who never got into distribution.

Marvel and DC were major successes while most of the rest petered out or were acquired. The business is equally as important as the story and artwork if the goal is to get the comics into readers' hands.

so what? (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42425045)

Ever read anything Stan Lee has said? The guy's an A-number-one asshole of the lowest order. I wish people would just stop with the hero worship.

Re:so what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42425571)

And as a Romanian he'd have brought shame to the family by walking away from a child bride and a lucrative begging business.

Yes, I have (great things resulted)... apk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42426059)

http://entertainment.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3347977&cid=42425967 [slashdot.org]

* He was always "sounding off" in notes in his comics (& of course there was the std. "Stan Lee presents" too...)

(He presented tales that are now CHART-TOPPING FILMS year in & year out currently + for quite a while now as well (quite the accomplishment, along with the rest of the 'bullpen' as they were called... have you done better?))

APK

P.S.=> Comic books helped to change my life FOR THE BETTER, & @ a fundamental level, both ACADEMICALLY & also, believe-it-or-not, ATHLETICALLY later as well (due to my riding MILES to get them, & candy, as a boy)...

... apk

Re:Yes, I have (great things resulted)... apk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42486665)

Sure, he's had a major cultural presence, and it saddens me that someone of his sick ideology could be held in high regard.

have you done better?

Yes. Every day of my life. I don't draw comics though, sorry.

I don't believe how comics influenced you individually was ever on trial. The fact that Stan Lee is a repugnant human being remains.

Sorry for late reply but... apk (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42497525)

Your reply was late too - ok: Here goes! Well, if you're doing better than Stan Lee?

(I know he has 'foundations', which means he has BIG money, since I worked with a company that helps establish those, for tax breaks of course & PERHAPS a bit of good will too)

?

Then, YOU ARE RICH!

(Must be!)

* What, I must ask, is it you find SO 'repugnant' about him?

APK

P.S.=> Specifics & 'enlighten me': He may have had to be a pisspot @ times, because you CANNOT BE A 'nice guy' & be successful in business or rather... @ least I've never seen it!

(E.G.-> Google & "Don't be Evil"? Come on, they pull their share of shit too, & probably have to, since the competition does, it forces their hand), but I have YET to see him make me say "Holy Heck I was ALL WRONG about the man!"... now, above all else?

I also don't expect a man to have "zero skeletons" in his closet, or things he may have done he'll regret forever... we ALL have those, & IF YOU DON'T? Give it time... you will. It's life...

Anyhow/anyways - Get back to me...

... apk

Re:so what? (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42428011)

Hey, give the man some respect! He invented birthdays!

Stan Lee in The Big Bang Theory (4, Funny)

nomad-9 (1423689) | about a year ago | (#42425153)

"You boys may have gotten autographed comics from Stan Lee, but I saw the inside of his house and got an autographed application for a restraining order."
" Plus, I get to hang out with him again at the hearing."

- Sheldon, ("The Excelsior Acquisition" episode).

Re: Stan Lee in The Big Bang Theory (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42427899)

I bet the "audience" laughed after every single word.
It let's me know it was funny.

Peter Parker killed off (1)

andrewa (18630) | about a year ago | (#42425201)

Get over it (1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42425233)

You know who else has died? Pretty much everyone. Superman, Batman, Captain America, etc.

Re:Peter Parker killed off (2)

Gaygirlie (1657131) | about a year ago | (#42425275)

This is pretty messed up... where is the creative control now? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/northamerica/usa/9767988/Peter-Parker-the-alter-ego-of-Spider-Man-killed-off.html [telegraph.co.uk]

Huh. Well, I've gotten the impression that these Marvel superheroes die all the god damn time only to be resurrected by some mystical power or similar, or to be revealed later that it only looked like they died. As such I have a hard time caring. I do quite like the idea of Dr. Octopussy going through some really major identity crisis as a Spiderman, though, it'll make for some interesting story.

Way overrated (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42425285)

The fuck should die already, along with his crappy creations.

mo3d u)p (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42425313)

and 7hat tHe floor

Co-created. (4, Insightful)

tverbeek (457094) | about a year ago | (#42425465)

It isn't correct to say that Stan "created or co-created" those characters. It is "co-created" in every instance. The artist who designs the appearance of a comics character is as essential to the process of creating it as the writer. Since Stan is not an artist, and has never claimed to have designed the visuals of the characters, he hasn't simply "created" any of them.

He's an enormously imaginative and influential creative force, without whom the American comics industry would be very different, and his vitality and charm at 90 is a testament to him as a person. There's no need to pad his résumé by denying the roles of Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and every other artist he has worked with over the decades, as co-creators of the characters they jointly brought into being.

Re:Co-created. (2)

mapuche (41699) | about a year ago | (#42426911)

Actually, Stan Leed didn't give proper credit to artists for decades. He was forced to do it Just remember Jack Kirby and Mr Lee conflict.

Asshole (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42425655)

How come assholes and thieves never die young?

Re:Asshole (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42425819)

It's not too late for you to do so.

FUNKY FLASHMAN! (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42425731)

Funky Flashman LIVES!

(he lives off of the corpse of Jack THE KING Kirby, to this DAY he feeds on that Flesh!)

Jack Kirby was the William Blake of the 20th Century. Stan Lee is nothing but a pimp.

Re:FUNKY FLASHMAN! (3, Insightful)

tverbeek (457094) | about a year ago | (#42425843)

To deny Stan Lee's role in creating the Marvel Universe is as dishonest as denying Kirby's.

That 'pimp' inspired good things for me (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42426009)

http://entertainment.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=3347977&cid=42425967 [slashdot.org]

Oddly enough - per my subject-line above, & not just academically, but also athletically as well!

* Jack "the King" Kirby was a great artist too, nobody could draw "IRON MAN" like him I felt... especially when I read "The Mighty Avengers Issue #15" -> http://littlestuffedbull.com/images/comics/zemo/avengers15.jpg [littlestuffedbull.com] (& I am fairly sure he did the cover art, but Don Heck did my fav. battle scene of those days, Iron Man vs. the Melter).

APK

P.S.=> However - it was REALLY THE INKERS that made The late Mr. Kirby "shine", especially Joe Sinnott (these are the TRUE artists really, that make good artists GREAT ones - who OUGHT to get more credit really, but are in the shadow of Mr. Kirby instead)... apk

Congrats Mr. Lee (almost a century) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42425967)

As well as 1/2 a century or so of stories that inspired me as a boy, as well as increasing my vocabulary & spelling as a child (enough to have been a national spelling bee contestant that went pretty far into the game there).

* The most amazing part is the fact that those same stories have become films that "top the charts" year after year (lol, I was "living for" seeing "The Avengers" & loved it).

My mother hated them, just as she did Sci-Fi (which my Dad also inspired me to get into to boost my reading & what-not noted above)...

In the end?

Oh man, boy - Was SHE 'wrong': Look @ how they "tookoff" from earlier 21st century onward in film!

I also got a LOT of exercise from comics, believe it or not - How?

Well - I did, since I used to bike out to a store MANY miles from my home, & time it with a stopwatch... that's right!

I.E.-> I wanted to see if I could better my best time, & to see what my average was over time as well!

(This went on for years, & so much so, I was able to "lap" my sports teammates + outsprint them, even winning my elementary school olympics over my long-time rival, a black fellow whom I was friends with too though, in the 100 yd. dash (who later ended up being the fastest from that highschool district in that sprint iirc, & one hell of a football player too)).

In the end?

Comics were a BIG help I am sure, for my being able to get to a great college with a LOT of scholarship aid on both the academic & athletic fronts (Lacrosse, for which my alma mater #1's a national or divisional champ year in & year out in -> http://www.lemoynedolphins.com/sports/mlax/history/mlaxletterwinners [lemoynedolphins.com] 1985, letter "K" )

APK

P.S.=> Never forget my Dad picking me up a copy of "The Incredible Hulk" comic series when I was a small kid @ the age of 5, to get me into reading BEFORE school really started (past kindergarten)... lol, though he *might* have regretted all of my 'nagging' him with questions like "What's this word mean Dad?" or "What are they saying in THIS 'balloon' here Dad?" (ah, memories... ones that changed MY life, & I am certain that of many others, for the better)...

... apk

Re:Congrats Mr. Lee (almost a century) (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42426305)

Holy shit? Are you the real APK? I thought it was awesome Stan Lee would be covered by a site like Slashdot but I had no idea that I'd find people like APK posting here.

For those unaware, APK is up there with the likes of Peter Norton and John McAfee in the computer security world. He's a major player helping keeping our PCs virus free.

Hey, listen - I am just a "regular guy" (0)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42426369)

Nothing more & no "major player" (I wouldn't want to be in THIS arena, not really)...

However, & again: Comics were VERY GOOD to me, especially in the "long haul" via providing me "building block fundamentals" in better spelling, reading, & interest in the sciences (to an extent here, specifically computer sciences which are changing the world).

* Per my subject-line above - Albeit, a "regular guy" truly *TRYING* to do 'the right thing' (which as I stated in my posts here today - comics help instill as well, especially in youngsters, early on, when it matters most when your 'foundations' are being built on many a level).

That's all!
APK

P.S.=> Lots of trolls on this page here today, & the others (man, they DO get up early in the a.m. I've noted, lol, or are from diff. timezones)... I hope you're not 1 of them!

... apk

Thanks Stan! (1)

Nyder (754090) | about a year ago | (#42426233)

Not sure why Marvel comics are my favorite, even though I do like others. Spider-man, Ice-man, The Hulk, The Thing, Juggernaught, and Sabertooth, my favorite comics book characters. All Marvel.

Happy Birthday, and hopefully you will have many more.

thanks!

Happy Birthday (-1)

Anonymous Coward | about a year ago | (#42430339)

Obama's Weakness Is Drugs

Ride'n That Train
High On Cocaine
Casey Jones You Better Watch Yuo Speed
Troubles Ahead
Troubles Behind
Casey Jones You Might Think You Just Lost Yuo Mind.

XD

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