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->''"With great power there must also come ... great responsibility!"''
-->-- '''Stan Lee''', ''Amazing Fantasy #15'', Aug. 1962

''[[CatchPhrase Face front, true believers!]]''

Stan "The Man" Lee (born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922) is a ComicBook creator, writer, editor, "Chairman Emeritus" of Creator/MarvelComics and creator or co-creator of just about every significant Marvel character who doesn't [[ComicBook/CaptainAmerica carry a shield]], [[ComicBook/ThePunisher wear a skull on his chest]], or [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} have metal bones]]. How much credit he deserves for creating them -- as opposed to his artist/co-writer collaborators, especially Creator/JackKirby and Creator/SteveDitko -- is a matter of debate.

To say he's still active today, both in comics and other media, is a mammoth {{understatement}}. Among his recent projects, he hosted the RealityShow ''Series/WhoWantsToBeASuperhero'' and the documentary series ''Stan Lee's Superhumans'', and has a [[CreatorCameo cameo]] in almost every [[Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse Marvel movie adaptation]]. He has also gotten into the {{anime}} and {{manga}} business, and is now working on two series, ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo'' with ''Manga/ShamanKing'' creator, Hiroyuki Takei, and ''{{Anime/Heroman}}'' with StudioBONES. He also worked on ''WesternAnimation/TheGovernator'' with Creator/ArnoldSchwarzenegger.

You might not be entirely aware of it, but he has had a [[https://www.youtube.com/user/worldofheroes YouTube Channel]] for quite some time now, and ''frankly'' you have ''no excuse'' to not check it out.

For an examination of his writing methods, see SoYouWantTo.BeTheNextStanLee.

''[[CatchPhrase EXCELSIOR!!]]''
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!!Notable ComicBook characters co-created by Stan Lee:
[[index]]
* ComicBook/BlackPanther (with Creator/JackKirby)
* ComicBook/{{Daredevil}} (with Bill Everett)
* Comicbook/DoctorStrange (with Creator/SteveDitko)
* ComicBook/FantasticFour (with Jack Kirby)
* ComicBook/IronMan (with Jack Kirby, Don Heck and Larry Lieber)
* ComicBook/SpiderMan (with Steve Ditko)
* The ComicBook/IncredibleHulk (with Jack Kirby)
* ComicBook/TheMightyThor (with Jack Kirby and Larry Lieber)
* ComicBook/XMen (with Jack Kirby)
* ComicBook/TheAvengers (with Jack Kirby)
* ComicBook/TheInhumans
** ComicBook/BlackBolt
** ComicBook/{{Medusa|Marvel Comics}}
[[/index]]

!!Notable ComicBook characters created by others but extensively written Stan Lee:
* Franchise/MyFriendIrma (created for radio by Cy Howard and Marie Wilson; Lee wrote the comic book adaptation.)

!!Notable shows co-created by Stan Lee:
* Series/StanLeesLuckyMan

!!Notable anime/manga co-created by Stan Lee:
* Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo
* Manga/{{Heroman}}

!!Tropes associated with Stan Lee:

* AdamWesting: Done ''hilariously'' in ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' season 13 episode "I Am Furious (Yellow)", where he plays a somewhat crazy version of himself. He won't leave Comic Book Guy's shop, breaks a toy [[Franchise/{{Batman}} Batmobile]] in an attempt to fit [[ComicBook/FantasticFour The Thing]] inside it, and even believes that he can turn into ComicBook/TheIncredibleHulk.
** He also voiced his animated self in ''[[WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded How The Amazing Spider-Man Should Have Ended]]'', berating [[Film/TheAvengers2012 the Avengers]] for having destroyed the library in which his ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan'' cameo appeared.
* AddedAlliterativeAppeal: Smilin' Stan ''adores'' alliterations. Which inevitably leads to...
* AlliterativeName: Peter Parker, Bruce Banner, Reed Richards, Matt Murdock... the list goes on. [[JustifiedTrope Justified]], in that Stan was working on more than a dozen comics at any given time when he created those names, and the alliteration served as a mnemonic. Sometimes it didn't work, which is why the Hulk's full name is "Robert Bruce Banner" (one issue called him "''Bob'' Banner" over and over), and why an early issue of ''Amazing Spider-Man'' listed Peter Parker as "Peter Palmer". This was parodied in an episode of ''Series/TheBigBangTheory''.
** He even had this in real life with his brother Larry Lieber.
** He also ended up giving his co-workers alliterative nicknames -- in addition to his own "Smilin' Stan," there was "Jazzin' Johnny Romita," "Adorable Artie Simek," and others.
* AuthorAppeal: Better known for what he ''doesn't'' like in comic books -- mainly [[NinetiesAntiHero excessive violence]] and teen {{sidekick}}s.
** He has said that comics (such as the DC Comics) using fictitious cities for their stories (i.e. Gotham or Metropolis), is a pet peeve of his. He always wonders what's so wrong with using a real city.
* AuthorAvatar:
** In ''Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo'', the ''BigBad'' looks exactly like him. Even the American ''Magazine/ShonenJump'' lampshades this.
** In ''Manga/{{Heroman}}'', Stan appears as a patron in the restaurant Joey works at who's always drinking coffee.
** He originally created [[Characters/SpiderMan J. Jonah Jameson]] so there would be a character he could play in an adaptation, which ended up never happening despite the numerous adaptations featuring him (and hey, J.K. Simmons played such a ''good'' JJJ).
* BadassMoustache
* BigApplesauce: He's a native, and it definitely shows. ("Excelsior!" is also the New York State motto.)
* ByNoIMeanYes: When asked if Steve Ditko is the real creator of Spider-Man, Stan always responds in the affirmative, but never leaves out the phrase "in my opinion", which [[StealthInsult makes it sound like the real answer is no]].
* TheCameo:
** He appears in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy'' as a Xandarian ladies' man. Not a CreatorCameo in this case, as he was not one of the creators of that comic.
*** It should be noted, however, that he did create Groot.
** He also bizarrely shows up in ''Literature/ThePrincessDiaries 2,'' years before Disney bought Marvel.
** He also shows up in a few scenes of the action comedy ''The Ambulance,'' in which the main character is an artist for Marvel. It's more than just a cameo, like he usually does. Like the ''Princess Diaries'' example above, this example is also somewhat bizarre, as ''The Ambulance'' is an original story, and not an adaptation of a Marvel franchise.
* TheCasanova: His Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse persona seems to be one of these: In his ''Series/AgentsOfSHIELD'' appearance, he has two very lovely ladies with him when he stops to give Coulson crap for being a bad father ([[ItMakesSenseInContext It's part of Coulson's cover]]), in ''Film/IronMan'' he's again got two ladies and is mistaken by Stark for Hugh Hefner, and he's seen hitting on a Xandarian in ''Film/GuardiansOfTheGalaxy''.
* {{Catchphrase}}:
** "Excelsior!"
** "Face front, true believers!"
** "'Nuff said!"
* CityOfWeirdos[=/=]SomeNuttyPublicityStunt: Stan uses these ''a lot''. If something weird is going on in midtown Manhattan, count on seeing a jaded New Yorker who's certain that it's someone filming a movie or "SomeNuttyPublicityStunt."
** He even played one of those in ''Film/{{The Avengers|2012}}''!
* ComesGreatResponsibility: The TropeNamer.
* ComicBookTime: Lee was in charge when Marvel first began to abandon its real-time storytelling in favor of [[FleetingDemographicRule "Marvel time"]] in 1968. The statement that comics do not represent change, but "the illusion of change" is usually attributed to either him or Marv Wolfman.
* CoolOldGuy: So much so that he is the page's image.
* CoolShades: One really can't imagine Stan the man without his dark specs.
* CreatorCameo: Enough to have [[CreatorCameo/StanLee his own page]].
* DeadpanSnarker: Like you wouldn't believe. As shown [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5sQe8bVPIs: here]] and [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UmJ1nrNAZ2M: here]]. The videos are debates for DC's ''VideoGame/InjusticeGodsAmongUs''. Let's just say that we now know where Spider-Man got it from.
* GrumpyOldMan: Often portrays himself this way [[PlayedForLaughs for humor]], such as in his "Stan's Rants" series.
* HappilyMarried: To his wife Joan, almost to the point of SingleTargetSexuality.
* HistoricalVillainUpgrade: Frequently gets this from partisans of co-creators like Creator/JackKirby and Steve Ditko -- though admittedly he's never been good at sharing credit (then again, neither were Kirby and Ditko).
* HoistByHisOwnPetard: He actually ''[[InvokedTrope caused]]'' this for another with an [[VerySpecialEpisode anti-drug comic]] (commissioned by the US Government) that UsefulNotes/TheComicsCode Authority refused to approve because they did not permit any portrayal of drugs, whether positive ''or'' negative. [[CrowningMomentOfAwesome He ran it anyway]]. The CCA looked like fools, and very quickly rewrote the Code to allow negative or cautionary portrayals of drug use (among other things), but it was too late; people had already realised how restrictive and unnecessary the code really was. Partly thanks to this, the influence of the Code itself began to wane, and eventually Marvel -- among other companies - abandoned it altogether.
* InCaseYouForgotWhoWroteIt: "Stan Lee Presents" appeared on all Marvel issue titles for decades (because he was Marvel's publisher at that time, though not a writer except for the occasional special project).
* {{Jerkass}}: Stan often portrays ''himself'' as a bit of a Jerkass in comics where "Stan Lee" is a character. Stan has also said (presumably at least somewhat in jest) that he based legendary jerkass J. Jonah Jameson on himself, or at least the way he thought comics readers imagined him. He was also kind of crusty when he appeared on ''Series/TheBigBangTheory'' (then again, Sheldon did show up at his house and promptly went inside of it without his permission).
** Taken to its logical conclusion where he's the BigBad of ''[[Manga/KarakuridoujiUltimo Ultimo]]''.
** And then there's his role as "principal Stanley" in ''ComicBook/MiniMarvels'', where once Spidey starts angsting -- justifiably -- about his status as a ButtMonkey, causes Stan to look awkward once he mentions "who decided this to happen to me?".
** Ascends in ''Series/XPlay'', where "Roger the Stan Lee Experience" recounts tales of doing Jack Kirby's wife and stealing credit for Kirby's success.
** Also happens in his guest spot on ''Series/{{Chuck}}'' - where it's implied that his whole career has been some sort of CIA operation.
** Likewise his cameos on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken''.
** Let's not forget, that as nice as Stan Lee is, the characters he helped to create and wrote for had very, very, very bad things happen to them.
** He based Jameson off how he thought his employees would see him, but while it's unknown if any of them did, there is one writer out there who has stated that the depiction is bang on and his treatment of other people in the medium (especially Steve Ditko) was appalling. Said writer is Creator/AlanMoore.
* KidSidekick: He doesn't like the trope and has likened it to endangerment of minors -- hence the death of ComicBook/BuckyBarnes. He totally subverts this trope later on with [[ComicBook/FantasticFour Johnny Storm]] being a team member rather than just a sidekick. And, ultimately, ComicBook/SpiderMan being the first lone teen super hero of his kind. [[HypocriticalHumor He also admits how hypocritical this is]].
** Considering this, though, one wonders how he allowed Rick Jones to be this to the Avengers in the early stories.
* LaserGuidedKarma: The foundation of several of his superheroes' origins.
* LargeHam: His public persona.
* ManChild: One of his appearances on ''WesternAnimation/RobotChicken'' portrayed him as this. [[SelfDeprecation With him providing the voice]], no less.
* {{Narrator}}: Given half a chance.
* TheNicknamer: Responsible for nicknaming the majority of the Marvel Bullpen and characters. And of course, for the readers and all the fans, Marvelites.
* PurpleProse: A peerlessly pounding pantheon of pulse-poundingly purple prose! Nobody does it better, true believers!
* RunningGag: Whenever he writes a letter to the letters page of a Marvel Comic, the traditional reply by the editor is always, "Stan ''who''??"
* SelfDeprecation: Many times. See {{Jerkass}} above. He also appeared in an episode of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'', where he acts like a CloudCuckoolander:
-->'''Bart''': Stan Lee came back?\\
'''Comic Book Guy''': Stan Lee ''never left''. I am starting to suspect his mind is no longer in mint condition.
** Then...
--->'''Stan''': ''(After seeing Homer go on a minor rampage where he coincidentally got green paint all over him)'' He's not the Incredible Hulk! ''I'M'' the Incredible Hulk! ''(Yells and tries to Hulk Out)'' C'mon change dammit! Grrr, I did it once before!\\
'''Comic Book Guy''': Oh, please; you couldn't turn into Bill Bixby...\\
'''Stan''': ''(Yells and tries to Hulk Out again)''\\
'''Comic Book Guy''': [[SarcasmMode You almost had it that time]].
* TakeThat: In his ''[[ComicBook/JustImagineStanLeeCreatingTheDCUniverse Just Imagine]]'' series, he makes [[Characters/{{Batman}} Robin]] a bad guy. Knowing how he hates {{sidekick}}s, doing that to the character that popularized comic book sidekicks would seem more like this than just trying to make him a complex character.
** In his recent colab with WebAnimation/HowItShouldHaveEnded, he gave his views on how certain films should've ended. He then shows three more, each showing him interrupt Creator/GeorgeLucas while he's writing each of the Star Wars prequels, then tossing the script of each into the fireplace.
** He's also usually on the receiving end of this whenever it comes to who "created" the main Marvel characters. Perhaps Jim Henson (via WebVideo/EpicRapBattlesOfHistory) put it best:
---> '''Henson:''' Let me mention I'm impressed by all the vision that it took for you to sign your name on all of ''Jack Kirby's comic books!''
* VillainDecay: While his heroes and writing style are still iconic today, his storytelling style is also somewhat infamous for really introducing a lot of this to Marvel villains -- he'd have them say things like "'''This''' time my '''brilliant plan''' will '''destroy''' those '''''[[LargeHam meddling heroes!!!]]'''''" without any sense of irony, even after the villain ''listed all the times they'd already gotten stomped.'' In the early 1960's, it still kind of worked; by 1969 or so, [[{{Narm}} not so much.]] Much of his own later work -- not to mention a great deal of comicry, that followed in his footsteps -- had to spend time fighting [[TropeCodifier the villainous cliches]], he himself constructed.
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-->''"[[CatchPhrase ...Nuff said!]]"''