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Born Stanley Lieber, he got a job as a gofer for $8-a-week at Marvel Comics predecessor Timely Comics in 1939.
Two years later, he wrote a two-page story for Captain America No. 3.
His pen name Stan Lee.
He helped launched The Fantastic Four in 1961 for the newly renamed Marvel Comics.
Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Doctor Strange, Daredevil and X-Men soon followed.
Through his work with frequent collaborators Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others, Lee catapulted Marvel into the world’s top publisher of comic books and later, a multimedia giant.
The Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel Entertainment for $4-billion in 2009.
Most of the top-grossing superhero films of all-time have featured Marvel characters.