Stan Lee, considered to have had more influence over the comic book industry than anyone else in history, received the 2,428th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Tuesday (January 04).
Lee created or co-created 90 percent of Marvel Comics' characters, including "Spider-Man," "The Incredible Hulk," "X-Men," "The Fantastic Four," "Iron Man," and "Daredevil."
Born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922 in New York City, Lee began his career as an assistant at Timely Comics with such duties as getting lunch, filling inkwells and proofreading.
Lee was named interim editor of Timely Comics in 1941, and became editor-in-chief for what would evolve into Marvel Comics in 1961 until 1972 when he became publisher.
More than two million of Lee's comic books have been published in 75 nations and in 25 languages. His characters have been featured in 24 animated television series and several live-action movies.
SOUNDBITE: Stan Lee, saying (English):
"It's very important that I mention another fellow that I am obligated to and that is Alfred Hitchcock. I remember as a young man when he dangled me on his knee, and Alfred said to me, 'Stan, don't waste time trying to be a screen star. There's too much competition. Get into cameos.'"
Lee did in fact take Hitchcock's advice. He has made cameo appearances in nearly all of the film adaptations of his comics.
Now chairman emeritus of Marvel Comics, Lee is developing new characters, comic books, movies and television projects for his business venture, POW! Entertainment.