Stan Lee Collectibles
Stan Lee is a celebrated comic book writer responsible for some of the world’s most famous characters. He is also a publisher, occasional actor and television presenter.
Lee started his career in 1939 as an assistant at Timely Comics, which would later become Marvel Comics. He graduated from proof-reader to writing text filler stories and then back-up feature stories in 1941, and created characters such as ‘The Destroyer’, ‘Jack Frost’ and ‘Father Time’.
Later that year he became a temporary editor for Timely after the resignation of Joe Simon, before joining the army in 1942. When he returned from the military he wrote stories in a variety of genres, as superheroes were declining in popularity. The market was revived in 1956 by DC’s new series of Flash comics, and in response Lee created The Fantastic Four in collaboration with Jack Kirby in 1961.
During the 1960s Lee was responsible for the majority of Marvel’s titles, with his duties including art direction, editing and scripting stories. He helped develop the ‘Marvel Method’ of comic book creation, later adopted by a number of different publishers, in which Lee would provide a plot synopsis for a story which was then developed and drawn by the artist. Once the artwork was in place Lee would write the script by filling in titles, captions and dialogue balloons.
Lee’s career has seen him become the public face of Marvel and a celebrity in his own right, appearing in numerous films and television series as both himself and various characters.
He has hosted reality television shows, produced a number of animated shows and films, and written stories for rival company DC Comics.
Comic books and characters
Lee is responsible for creating the most famous characters of the Silver Age of comic books, and his creation of flawed heroes, along with stories which examined the personalities and psychologies behind the superhero genre, were responsible for the development of comic books into a recognised art form.
The most notable characters created by Lee include:
Lee’s work in collaboration with artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko have produced some of the most valuable comic books of all time, and the most expensive Silver Age issues ever sold.
- In March 2011 a near-mint condition copy of Amazing Fantasy #15 featuring the first appearance of Spiderman, written by Lee and drawn by Steve Ditko, was sold at a ComicConnect auction for a price of $1.1 million making it one of the most expensive titles ever sold.
- In February 2011 a copy of Fantastic Four 1 was sold by Heritage Auction Galleries for a record price of $47,800.
- In November 2010 Heritage sold a copy of X-Men 1 for a price of $28,680.
- In November 2009 a near-mint copy of The Incredible Hulk #1 was sold at a Heritage auction for $125,475
- A copy of Marvel’s Journey into Mystery #83 featuring the first appearance of Lee’s Thor was sold in July 2002 for $13,225 at a heritage sale.
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