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Stan Lee Fast Facts

By CNN Library
updated 11:48 AM EDT, Wed May 28, 2014

(CNN) -- Here's a look at the life of American cartoonist Stan Lee.

Personal:
Birth date: December 28, 1922

Birth place: New York, New York

Birth name: Stanley Martin Lieber

Father: Jack Lieber, tailor

Mother: Celia (Solomon) Lieber, homemaker

Marriage: Joan (Boocock) Lee (December 1947-present)

Children: Jan, 1953-1953, Joan Celia "J.C.", 1950

Other Facts:
Graduated high school at 16.

Stan Lee started out as a pseudonym, but is now his legal name. Lee originally used it "because I felt someday I'd be writing the Great American Novel and I didn't want to use my real name on these silly little comics."

Marvel Comics was previously named Atlas Comics, and before that, Timely Comics. Lee was with the company officially for nearly six decades.

Served in the Army in World War II.

Conceived or co-created The Incredible Hulk, The Amazing Spider-Man, The X-Men, Daredevil, The Fantastic Four, Doctor Strange and others.

In the 1960s, Lee worked closely with artist Jack Kirby and illustrator Steve Ditko.

Has had cameos in many of the films based on his comics.

Many of the stories, such as The X-Men, serve as metaphors for social issues, such as oppression and discrimination.

Timeline:
1939 - Through family connections, Lee gets a job at Timely Comics as an assistant.

1941 - Becomes editor at Timely Comics.

1942-1945 - Serves in the Army, writing manuals and scripts for training films as part of the Signal Corps. One of only nine people in the Army listed as a "playwright."

1961 - Lee co-creates The Fantastic Four with artist Jack Kirby under the Marvel Comics banner.

1963 - Develops The X-Men.

1972 - Lee becomes Marvel's president and publisher.

1981 - Becomes creative head of Marvel Productions Ltd., an animation studio based in Los Angeles.

1986-1989 - New World Entertainment owns Marvel Entertainment Group, parent company of Marvel Productions, Marvel Comics Group and Marvel Comics Ltd. Lee continues to work as creative head of Marvel Productions and publisher of Marvel Comics Group.

1996 - Marvel Entertainment files for bankruptcy.

1998 - Marvel emerges from bankruptcy as Marvel Enterprises Inc., a unit of Toy Biz Inc. Following the bankruptcy, Lee's contract is void. His new lifetime deal only requires him to spend 10% of his time with the company. He becomes chairman emeritus.

1999 - Forms Stan Lee Media.

February 2001 - Stan Lee Media files for bankruptcy.

2001 - With Gill Champion, starts POW! Entertainment, which focuses on creating and licensing intellectual property.

November 2002 - After receiving no profits from the first Spider-Man movie, Lee files a $10 million lawsuit against Marvel.

2005 - Wins the lawsuit against Marvel.

2006 - Stan Lee Media emerges from bankruptcy.

2007 - Lee sues Stan Lee Media for copyright infringement and other claims.

2008 - President George W. Bush presents Lee with the American National Medal of the Arts.

December 31, 2009 - The Walt Disney Company purchases Marvel Entertainment for $4.3 billion. Disney also purchases 10% stake of POW! Entertainment for $2.5 million.

January 2009 - Four Stan Lee Media shareholders sue Lee and Marvel for violating copyright interests.

2010 - The History Channel launches the series Stan Lee's Superhumans, which documents people with extraordinary skills and abilities.

October 2012 - Stan Lee Media sues Disney for profits from Marvel movies and merchandise.

September 2013 - A federal judge rules in favor of Disney.

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