ByGeorge Fisher, writer at
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George Fisher

First of all this article is not meant to embarrass anyone. That being said for anyone that thinks that this was created to embarrass someone it was not, it was created as a way to set the facts straight. That being said, as little as a week ago a creator on this site placed an article on it talking about the 10 best characters created by Stan Lee on which were characters that not even Stan Lee created. When challenged on this all the creator could say was "well they live in a world created by Stan Lee". So I thought that I would write a researched article on the characters that were in the above mentioned article.Please note all images are copyright of Marvel and are used as illustrations and nothing else.

1. Ant-man

Ant-man first appeared in Tales to Astonish #27 published January 1962. He was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack "the King" Kirby. There have been four Ant-men, most notable were Hank Pym and Scott Lang.

2. The Punisher

The Punisher first appeared in Amazing Spider-man #129 published February 1974. He was created by Gerry Conway and John Romita, Sr. Since his creation he has appeared in three movies and is going to appear in the Netflix series Daredevil season 2.

3. The Hulk

The Hulk first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #1 published May 1962. He was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Since his first appearance he has been portrayed by five actors on either the small screen or the silver screen, most notably by Lou Ferrigo and Mark Ruffalo.

4. Thor.

The Mighty Thor first appeared in Journey into Mystery #83 published August 1962. He was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber and Jack "the King" Kirby. Since his creation he appeared in the Incredible Hulk Returns (1988) and was portrayed by Eric Allan Kramer. More recently he was portrayed by Chris Hemsworth in Thor (2012), The Avengers (2012 , Thor: The Dark World (2013)and Avengers: Age of Ultron (2015). and the forth coming Thor: Ragnarok (2017).

5. Wolverine.

Wolverine first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #180 (appearing in a cameo in the last panel of the issue), his first full appearance was in The Incredible Hulk #181 published November 1974. He was created by Roy Thomas, Len Wein and John Romita, Sr. In May 2011, Wolverine was ranked 4th on IGN's "Top 100 Comic Book Heroes", and fifth in their list of "The Top 50 Avengers" in 2012.

6. Fantastic Four

The Fantastic Four (Mr.Fantastic, Invisible Girl (as she was first known), The Human Torch, and The Thing) first appeared in Fantastic Four #1 published November 1961. They were created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. Since their first appearance they have been portrayed in numerous cartoons and movies, most recently in the 2015 travesty of a movie.

7. Iron Man.

Iron Man first appeared Tales of Suspense #39 published March 1963. He was created by Stan Lee, Larry Lieber, Don Heck and Jack Kirby. Throughout most of the character's publication history, Iron Man has been a founding member of the superhero team the Avengers and has been featured in several incarnations of his own various comic book series. Iron Man has been adapted for several animated TV shows and films, most recently by RDJ.

8. Captain America

Created by cartoonists Joe Simon and Jack Kirby, the character first appeared in Captain America Comics #1, cover dated March 1941. Captain America was designed as a patriotic supersoldier who often fought the Axis powers of World War II and was Timely Comics' most popular character during the wartime period. The popularity of superheroes waned following the war and the Captain America comic book was discontinued in 1950, with a short-lived revival in 1953. Since Marvel Comics revived the character in 1964, Captain America has remained in publication.

9. Black Widow

Created by Stan Lee, Don Rico, and Don Heck, the character first appeared in Tales of Suspense #52, published April 1964. The character was first introduced as a Russian spy, an antagonist of the superhero Iron Man. She later defected to the United States, becoming an agent of S.H.I.E.L.D., and a member of the superhero team the Avengers.

10. Spider-man

Spider-man was created by Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, and first appeared in the anthology comic book Amazing Fantasy #15 published August 1962. First conceived as an orphan being raised by his Aunt May and Uncle Ben, and as a teenager, having to deal with the normal struggles of adolescence in addition to those of a costumed crime-fighter. When Spider-Man first appeared in the early 1960s, teenagers in superhero comic books were usually relegated to the role of sidekick to the protagonist. This changed with the creation of Spider-man.

As we can see Stan Lee was not the creator of all these characters but only on some and even then he had help to create the ones he did.


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