Written by - Aryan Srivastava
‘No man can win every battle, but no man should fall without a struggle.”
Peter Parker (Spider-Man)
Few men live a while but are remembered for a lifetime and this quote very accurately represents the life our hero, the one who taught us that no matter the hardships, it's only us who can save ourselves. Stanley Martin Leiber (also known as Stan Lee) was a man of dreams, passion, and courage. His attitude toward life was very simple yet filled with imagination. His love for his work was enough to prove how much Stan Lee enjoyed putting smiles on people’s faces. His work and his cameos are two of the most loved (not the only) things, which will be remembered till posterity.
Stan’s idea of a work profile was quite adventurous. He believed that if you are a doctor, a lawyer, or an Engineer, then you only serve others. But if you are an entertainer and a person who enjoys his own work, you serve others as well as yourself. He started his career at a time when professions like Healthcare, Engineering, and Law were on the rise and in high demand. He, for a certain period of time even doubted himself for choosing and doing what he did. But as we say, even a diamond is no precious thing until it is polished by a jeweler. His fellow mate and artist, Steve Ditko realized his state of mind and confronted him. It was then Stan realized that as long as people are getting their dose of entertainment, one cannot fail for an unworthy cause.
‘Lesser words and more emotions’, was Stan’s way of defining his characters. His superhero creations, some of the famous ones being Spider-Man, Iron Man, Captain America, Thor Odinson (God of Thunder) and Hulk (Dr. Bruce Banner) are the ones which actually gave a boost to his career as a comic writer. His brand, Marvel Comics came into light and took over the skies at a time when DC Comics were still very popular and in demand. But then again, as they say, ‘Darker side of a wall is no good than a brighter one of a cave’. Marvel started taking over the market like a storm and here we had our hero and legend, Stan “The Man” Lee. His works soon became the outline for the stories made into Motion Pictures under the brand name ‘Marvel Studios’. While the majority of his characters existed under this brand, a few others took to ‘Fox’, ‘Colombia Pictures’, etc. to make it to the big screen.
Enormous success earned him his glorious life, by doing what he loved. Stan taught us, that we are our own superhero. We have the strength to fight our demons and win over them. He taught us that even if no world believes in you; create your own for others will then live in it. Our heart pains as we bid Farewell to you. Your editorials and the charismatic string of a beautiful life will always stay in our souls for they will keep the believers believing in belief for a long time. After all, “With great power, comes great responsibility”. And your power, my friend was that you made us believe in a world with superheroes.
Rest In Peace.
Excelsior, The Man.