LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Comic book legend Stan Lee will be honored Tuesday with the 2,428th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Lee, 88, has had a hand in the creation of some of the comic book world’s most popular characters, including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man and more. Lee has been the creator or co-creator of 90 percent of Marvel Comics’ characters.
Born Stanley Martin Lieber on Dec. 28, 1922 in New York City, Lee began his career in 1939 as an assistant at Timely Comics with such duties as getting lunch, filling inkwells and proofreading.
His first published work was as a text filler for Captain America No. 3, published in 1941. He wrote under the name Stan Lee, which would later become his legal name, writing in his autobiography that he intended to save his given name for more literary work.
Lee was named interim editor of Timely Comics in 1941, and would be editor-in-chief for what would evolve into Marvel Comics in 1961 until 1972 when he became publisher.
More than two million of Lee’s comic books have been published in 75 nations and in 25 languages. His characters have been featured in 24 animated television series and several live-action movies, many of which he makes cameo appearances.
Now chairman emeritus of Marvel Comics, Lee is developing new characters, comic books, movies and television projects for POW! Entertainment.
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