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YMMV: Stan Lee
  • Creator Worship: Even people that have shown no interest in his comics have given tribute to him. One particularly memorable example (for the wrong reasons) is the fifth strip of David Gonterman's FoxFire. Even Alan Moore, that oddest of comic book writers, who even parodied Stan Lee's comic book style, claims he has been one of his major influences and heroes.
  • Magnum Opus: His and Jack Kirby's original run on Fantastic Four.
  • Memetic Mutation: X-Play's Stan Lee impersonator gave rise to the "Stan Lee fucked Jack Kirby's wife" meme.
  • Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Stan has gone out of his way to say that the writers, artists, etc. working for Marvel have varying viewpoints of the world that span the entire political spectrum, and that Marvel has no official political worldview... except for one. The virtue above all others Stan always tries to push in all his work, and the one that he said Marvel did unashamedly promote, even if it made some readers uncomfortable, was tolerance. Done most famously in the X-Men comics, of course, but it's easy to see crop up throughout his entire body of work. Most writers who followed him did the same, a few unfortunately have not.
  • Alternative Character Interpretation: His many appearances in Marvel movies have all been of the same character: Uatu, the Watcher.

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