He is the man who helped change mainstream super-hero comics. He made it so that just because an individual gained super-human powers, it didn't mean that their life got better, usually just the opposite.
Alter-ego's had problems with relationships, law enforcement, paying bills on time and getting homework done. And though they had the power to lift a garbage truck, they could still break a limb.
The Heroes that he created/co-created were individuals like you and me.
Stan Lee also created some of the most exciting Heroes and Villains ever to grace the pages of a Four Color Comic, and told some of the best stories ever in the age of the American Comic Book.
With Jack Kirby they created:
The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk,
The Mighty Thor, The Uncanny X-Men,
The Mighty Avengers, The Black Panther,
Nick Fury, Galactus, The Mole Man,
The shape-shifting alien Skrulls,
The Inhumans, and Doctor Doom.
With Steve Ditko they created:
The Amazing Spider-man, Dr. Strange,
The Vulture, The Sandman,
Doctor Octopus, The Lizard, Electro,
Mysterio, Kraven the Hunter,
The Scorpion, The Ancient One,
Nightmare, Baron Mordo,
The Dread Dormamu and
The Green Goblin.
With Artists Don Heck, Bill Everett, Dick Ayers and others they created Iron Man, Daredevil, Antman, The Wasp, Hawkeye, and many, many more.
As a writer, editor and later publisher, Stan Lee is responsible for creating the Marvel Universe. He acknowledge the fans who read his comics and through the captions spoke directly to them. He created catch-praises and sayings that only true "Marvelites" knew the meaning of.
He also gave nick-names to his collaborators to make them seem like they were your friends.
Reading a Marvel Comic meant you were reading and having fun.
Stanley Martin Lieber - Stan Lee - was born on this date, December 28, 1922. He is celebrating his 86th birthday and still creating new ideas for people who love the world of fantasy that is the Super-Hero.
Happy Birthday, Stan! All I can say is