Through Spider-Man, the X-Men and many other characters, the late Stan Lee sought to make a positive and lasting difference.
It’s difficult to envision what pop culture would be like without Stan Lee’s prolific impact.
And it’s even more difficult to imagine there was a time Lee nearly quit the industry altogether.
After spending more than 20 years working at Timely Comics, which would later evolve into the Marvel we know today, Lee had grown both frustrated and irritated with the public’s perception of comic books.
“Nobody, outside of our own little circle, had a good word to say about comic books,” Lee said in his 2002 memoir Excelsior.
“To the public at large, comics were at the very bottom of the cultural totem pole.” Read more
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