STAN LEE is an icon of the comic book world. He is a legendary American comics writer, editor, and the former president and chairman of Marvel Comics. Having begun his career with wartime Timely Comics and staying the course throughout the Atlas era, he made comic-book history with Fantastic Four #1, harbinger of a bold new perspective in story writing that endures to this day. With some of the industry's greatest artists, he introduced hero after hero in Incredible Hulk, Amazing Spider-Man, X-Men and more -- forming a shared universe for rival publishers to measure themselves against. After an almost literal lifetime of writing and editing, Lee entered new entertainment fields and earned Marvel one opportunity after another. He remains one of Marvel's best-known public representatives.