12Stan Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber
Stan Lee was born on December 28, 1922. The son of Romanian-born Jewish parents, Lee was always a keen writer and was heavily influenced by the adventures of Errol Flynn playing heroic roles in movies.
When Lee was in school he worked various part-time jobs, including writing obituaries for a
news service and press releases for the National Tuberculosis Center. He was determined to be a professional writer and took every opportunity to put pen to paper. As he dreamed of one day writing the “Great American Novel” he chose to save his real name for that and adopted the pen-name “Stan Lee” to use in the meantime. While he has yet to write his Great American Novel, his career has spanned 8 decades and the name “Stan Lee” has become synonymous with comic books and various other media outlets.