Stan Lee : the greatest storyteller in history?

Creator of a host of enduring superheroes, from Iron Man to the X-Men, his own powers have enabled him to see far into the future.

A billionaire industrialist developing technologies that others believed impossible. A team of heroes using science to understand the universe. A secret government agency protecting its citizens from threats that may not even exist. No, these aren’t characters in a Stan Lee comic: Tesla CEO Elon Musk, the heroic researchers at LIGO, and the secretive folks at the NSA and GCHQ are very real parts of a world – ours – that seems to become more like an extension of the Marvel universe every day.

Unless you’ve been in cryogenic deep freeze for the last decade, you’ve probably noticed the wave of Marvel film and television franchises breaking relentlessly across the entertainment landscape. What’s slightly less obvious is that almost all these stories were originally created by the same comic book writer. Deep breath: Spider-Man, the X-­Men, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, SHIELD, Daredevil: all of them were created by Stan Lee.

Read more @ Guardian Books.


Published by Damien Walter

Writer and storyteller. Contributor to The Guardian, Independent, BBC, Wired, Buzzfeed and Aeon magazine. Special forces librarian (retired). Teaches the Rhetoric of Story to over 35,000 students worldwide.

One thought on “Stan Lee : the greatest storyteller in history?

  1. I did a good deal of research on Stan Lee. I know how he rose to fame and fortune. It just bothers me that his enterprise allows for hollywood to derail Marvels high-powered locomotive from the tracks of story line originality. Regardless of Stan giving away his blood, sweat and tears to Disney, I still look up to him for all of his accomplishments. I want to be just as successfull as he is today, except I would keep my enterprise sovereign and stay as true to the story lines for the love of my fans.



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