Happy birthday, Stan Lee! The Marvel Comics icon is celebrating his 93rd birthday today.
While many have been celebrating the holidays and time off from work this week, there is another big reason to celebrate. One of the true legends in the comic book industry is celebrating a birthday today.
During his time with Marvel Comics, Lee co-created such famous characters as Spider-Man, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Fantastic Four, and the X-Men. Lee played a pivotal role in growing Marvel Comics from a small division of a publishing house into a large corporation.
Lee is one of those rare individuals who doesn’t seem to know the meaning of the word “retirement.” Even though he’s in his nineties, Lee is still actively involved in many companies, and he regularly appears at comic book conventions around the world.
While Lee isn’t as involved in the day-to-day operations of Marvel Comics as he once was, he is still known as the Chairman Emeritus of Marvel Enterprises. Lee is also actively involved in creating new characters for his own company POW! Entertainment and is the founder and CEO of his own comic book convention called Comikaze Expo.
Lee is even the founder of a charitable organization called the Stan Lee Foundation, which works to improve access to literacy resources and to promote diversity, national literacy, culture, and the arts.
In addition to all of that, Lee has appeared in more Marvel movies than anyone else in history. His cameos include over twenty Marvel films ranging from the Avengers to the X-Men to Spider-Man.
Happy Birthday, Stan Lee!
5 of His Best Marvel Cameos
The comic genius turns 93 on December 28, and to celebrate, here are five of our favorite cameos in Marvel productions over the years.
1. The Amazing Spider-Man
One of Stan Lee’s best split-second roles in a Marvel film is his appearance as a librarian in this Spider-Man fight scene.
2. Iron Man
Fans started to take notice of Lee’s cameos when took a turn as Hugh Hefner.
3. Big Hero 6
It’s easy to forget this animated film is a Marvel movie, but Lee’s after-credit-scene cameo is not to be missed. It combines both humor and sentiment.
4. Agents of SHIELD
Lee plays right into the agents’ covert op and attempts to tell Agent Coulson (Clark Gregg) how he can fix things with his “daughter” (Jenna Simmons, played by Elizabeth Henstridge).
5. Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Easily one of Lee’s funniest cameos, he may be in a bit of trouble when his boss finds out what’s gone missing on his watch.