Nowadays, you can't watch a Marvel movie without a cameo by Stan Lee: As co-creator of The Fantastic Four, Spiderman,X-Men,Avengersand more, he's as much of a Marvel celeb as any comic-book character.
We featured him in Writer's Digest in 1947—long before the invention of The Fantastic Four in 1961 propelled Lee to major fame—while was was working as an editor at Timely Comics, a comic-book publishing group that, years later, would became Marvel.
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