Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Birthday Special: Stan Lee - Top 10 Comic Books

Stan "The Man" Lee
 has been THE single most influential person in comic books and popular culture for the last 50 years! He is all things including: writer, editor, producer, publisher, the former President and Chairman of Marvel Comics Group, currently Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Comics, Founder, Chairman and CCO of POW! Entertainment, TV personality and even sometimes actor! He is most known as the creator (or sometimes "co-creator") of Marvel Comics' characters such as The Fantastic Four, Silver Surfer, The Incredible Hulk, Thor, The X-Men, and of course, The Amazing Spider-Man!
Stan Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922 in New York City. Stan had an early interest in writing and journalism and when he enlisted in the U.S. Army during WWII he worked in the Signal Corps. When he was hired by comic book publisher Martin Goodman at Timely Comics it wasn't long before he began writing for the comics including for such characters as Captain America. As comic book superheroes were gaining popularity in the late 1950's and early 60's including DC Comics' own Justice League of America, Stan saw the opportunity to create new superheroes with real character and personality. Already dissatisfied with his own work, he was prepared to quit the business entirely until he was assigned to create a new team of superheroes. What resulted was the creation of the Fantastic Four and their popularity sparked even more creations such as Spider-Man and The X-Men...and of course the rest, is history! CHERNOBOG'S BLOG Proudly Presents in honor of Stan Lee's 89th Birthday The Top 10 Stan Lee Comic Books! "Excelsior!"

#10 Spider-Man/Kingpin: To The Death (1997) - In this one-shot graphic novel Spider-Man is wanted for a crime he didn't commit and both fellow heroes and villains alike are after him! With the help of Daredevil he's able to clear his name and protect the city from the rivalry between Wilson Fisk/The Kingpin and Zoltaro.

#9 Daredevil #47 (Dec. 1968), "Brother, Take My Hand" - Daredevil visits a blind African-American soldier who later seeks out the help of Lawyer Matt Murdock in one of the first anti-prejudice stories in Marvel Comics.

#8 The X-Men #9 (Jan. 1965), "Enter, The Avengers" - While The Avengers interfere with the X-Men's mission, Professor Xavier seeks the villain Lucifer who was the one caused the loss of his legs.

#7 Thor #180-181 (Sept./Oct. 1970), "When Gods Go Mad" - Loki has switched bodies with Thor and is wreaking havoc on New York City! Also featuring Mephisto!

#6 Amazing Spider-Man #50 (July 1967), "Spider-Man No More!" - Peter Parker's life has become too complicated, with Aunt May in the hospital, J. Jonah Jameson continuing his anti-Spider-Man publicity and Peter's falling grades in college he decides to quit being Spider-Man! But soon, he realizes that he is needed and becomes Spider-Man again!

#5 Marvel Premiere Featuring Dr. Strange #3 (July 1972), "While The World Spins Mad!" - Dr. Strange is hit by a truck and lost in the Dream World pursued by Nightmare!

#4 Silver Surfer #5 (Apr. 1969), "And Who Shall Mourn For Him?" - The Silver Surfer steals the Space Scrambler from the Fantastic Four in order to break the dimensional barrier that imprisons him. Also featuring The Stranger!

#3 Captain America #16 (Nov. 1940), "Red Skull's Deadly Revenge" - One of Stan's first Capt. America stories as a young writer for (then) Timely Comics. The Red Skull escapes from prison and learns the identity of Capt. America!

#2 Fantastic Four #48-50 (1966), "The Galactus Trilogy" - Considered to be one of the most monumental story-arcs in the early history of Marvel Comics. It featured the first appearance of Galactus and The Silver Surfer!

#1 Amazing Spider-Man #96-98 (May-July 1971), "And Now, The Goblin!" - One of the most controversial and influential stories in comics, the story dealt with anti-drug themes and was published without the Comics Code Authority Seal of Approval despite the current censorship standards. This three-issue arc featured a major battle between Spider-Man and his arch-enemy The Green Goblin and dealt with Norman Osborn's son Harry's drug addiction. This changed the way comics were viewed in the public and mainstream media and it started a legacy that Stan lee helped to create setting the standard for Marvel Comics' long reputation for innovation and unique story-telling. "'Nuff said!"

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