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Sunday, February 10, 2013

Who is Stan Lee?

A new local TV show that features Stan Lee’s Super humans has intrigued me. I have been wondering who Stan Lee is and how he connects with the super humans that the show features. However, it has taken me some time before I could lift my fingers and key in his name in the Wikipedia search box.

The information I‘ve got has amazed me big-time. He is one of the creators of Marvel Comics Superheroes: Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic 4, Iron Man, Thor, and many other fictional characters. He has been the president and chairperson of Marvel Comics. Under his leadership, he has successfully expanded the company from a small division of a publishing house into a multimedia corporation (info from: Wikipedia).

In 1971, The United States Department of Health has commissioned Marvel Comics and its editor-in-chief, Stan Lee to make a story about drug abuse. Guess what story he has done? He has written a three-part Spiderman Story wherein he portrays drug use as dangerous!

Interestingly, at that time, the Comics Code Authority (CCA) still exercises regulation on all comic stories in publication and it bans any depiction of drug use in a comic story. CCA has disapproved Stan Lee’s Spiderman story because of that.

Stan Lee has defied CCA ruling and has proceeded with publishing the Amazing Spiderman feeling that the Department of Health is behind him. As we can expect, the public has received the story well.

Stan Lee has headed a major update in the CCA code. It has allowed depictions of drug use for as long as the story will present it as a vicious habit.

The Comics Code Authority, however has lost its power over the comic industry when in 2011, the major comic book publishers has withdrawn from using the CCA Code, which has rendered CCA defunct.

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