Stan Lee

Stan Lee Headshot

Comic Book Writer • Producer

Birth Date: December 28, 1922

Death Date: November 12, 2018

Birth Place: New York City, New York

Stan Lee rose from a comic book writer into a global icon, famous for his superhero creations. A New York native, he began working as an assistant at Timely Comics in 1939. He worked his way into writing, beginning with an issue of "Captain America." He moved into editing while only 19, before leaving to serve in the Army during World War II. Despite his military commitments, Lee continued working on Timely titles from afar. Upon returning to civilian life, he worked on a variety of titles, and for a period wrote the newspaper comic strip "My Friend Irma." After the publisher became known as Marvel Comics, he was charged by his boss to come up with a superhero team that would rival DC Comics' Justice League of America. He joined with artist Jack Kirby to create The Fantastic Four comic book that debuted in 1961. The style of writing, with the characters that didn't always get along and struggled with knowing what the right thing was to do, was markedly different from what had come before. The success of the title kicked off an unprecedented creative outburst with Lee working with a team of artists to create new superheroes, including The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Daredevil, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, and The X-Men. Much like the DC team of heroes, the Marvel characters became joined in a group configuration called The Avengers. Lee became the voice of the comic books for legions of fans thanks to his letters to the editor forum that ran in issues, along with his column "Stan's Soapbox." He pushed his comics to deal with real issues, like racism and drug abuse. Even after largely stepping away from the day-to-day running of Marvel in the 1980s, Lee continued to act as the face of the company, making public appearances at fan conventions and tradeshows. Apart from Marvel, he worked on a variety of projects, typically under the umbrella of his companies, Stan Lee Media and POW! Entertainment. Among his most successful non-Marvel creations was the animated series "Stripperella" (Spike TV, 2003-04), with the lead character voiced by Pamela Anderson. Despite having been the creative force behind their chief competition, he partnered with DC Comics in 2001 and 2002 on a series of comic books where Lee put his own spin on the company's stable of superheroes, including Batman and Superman. He also became a recognized figure in pop culture thanks to his cameo appearances in the Marvel films, starting with "X-Men" (2000) and ending with "Avengers: Endgame" (2019). His acting extended beyond Marvel, though, as he popped up on films such as Kevin Smith's "Mallrats" (1995) and television shows like "The Big Bang Theory" (CBS, 2007-19). Not limited to strictly on-screen work, he lent his voice to several animated projects, Marvel-related and otherwise, including "The Simpsons" (Fox, 1989- ). He also hosted the television shows "Who Wants to Be a Superhero?" (Sci-Fi Channel, 2006-07) and "Stan Lee's Superhumans" (History, 2010-14). Lee died at the age of 95 in Los Angeles on November 12, 2018.

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SlugfestStream

Self
Docuseries
2021

TV Special Featurette: Black Panther

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Show
2021

Superhero Kindergarten

Creator
Show
2021

Panda vs. Aliens

Executive Producer
Movie
2021

Clerk

Self
Movie
2021

Marvel's Spider-Man: Maximum Venom

Co-Executive Producer
Show
2020

The New MutantsStream

Executive Producer
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2020
36%

Baymax and Mochi

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Fred's Dad
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2019

Captain MarvelStream

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2019
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X-Men: Dark PhoenixStream

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2019

Spider-Man: Far From HomeStream

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2019
90%

Avengers: EndgameStream

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Driver
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2019
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Avengers: EndgameStream

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2019
94%

Marvel Rising: Initiation

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2018

Marvel Rising: Initiation

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2018

Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy: Mission Break Out

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2018

Deadpool 2Stream

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2018
84%

Avengers: Infinity WarStream

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2018
85%

Black PantherStream

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2018
96%

Ant-Man and the WaspStream

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2018
87%

VenomStream

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2018
30%

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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2018

Teen Titans GO! to the Movies

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Himself
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2018

Once Upon a Deadpool

Executive Producer
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2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse - sv.tal

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2018

Spider-Man: New Generation

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2018

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-VerseStream

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2018
97%

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse

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2018

Spider-Man: A New Universe

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2018

Lego Marvel Super Heroes - Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos Threat

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Ravager Pilot
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2017

Lego Marvel Super Heroes

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Ravager Pilot
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2017

Big Hero 6 The Series Shorts

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Fred's Dad
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2017

Marvel's RunawaysStream

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Driver
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2017
84%

Big Hero 6: The SeriesStream

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2017

Robert Kirkman's Secret History of Comics

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2017

Timeline

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2017

Marvel's Spider-ManStream

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2017

Nesbitt & Lee: Two Lucky Men

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2017

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2Stream

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2017
85%

Thor: RagnarokStream

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2017
93%

LoganStream

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2017
94%

Spider-Man: HomecomingStream

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2017
92%

LEGO Marvel Super Heroes - Guardians of the Galaxy: The Thanos Threat

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2017

Marvel's Captain America: 75 Heroic Years

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2016

Stan Lee's Lucky Man

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2016

Stan Lee's Lucky Man

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2016

Captain America: Civil WarStream

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2016
90%

X-Men: ApocalypseStream

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2016
47%

DeadpoolStream

Executive Producer
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2016
85%

Doctor StrangeStream

Executive Producer
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2016
89%

Marvel's Guardians of the GalaxyStream

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2015

Marvel's DaredevilStream

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2015

Fresh Off the BoatStream

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2015
94%

Marvel's Agent CarterStream

Executive Producer
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2015
86%

Marvel's Agent CarterStream

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2015
86%

Avengers: Age of UltronStream

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2015
76%

Fantastic FourStream

Executive Producer
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2015
9%

Ant-ManStream

Executive Producer
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2015
83%

Marvel Super Hero Adventures: Frost Fight!

Producer
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2015

Nightlife Television

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2014

Wonderland

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2014

X-Men: Days of Future PastStream

Executive Producer
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2014
90%

Guardians of the GalaxyStream

Executive Producer
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2014
92%

Stan Lee's Mighty 7

Voice
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2014

Iron Man & Captain America: Heroes United

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2014

COMIX: Beyond the Comic Book Pages

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2014

COMIX: Beyond the Comic Book Pages

Screenwriter
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2014

COMIX: Beyond the Comic Book Pages

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Movie
2014

ガーディアンズ・オブ・ギャラクシー

Executive Producer
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2014

Captain America: The Winter SoldierStream

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Museum Staff
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2014
90%

Captain America: The Winter SoldierStream

Executive Producer
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2014
90%

The Amazing Spider-Man 2Stream

Executive Producer
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2014
51%

Fangasm

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2013

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.Stream

Guest Star
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2013
95%

Gahan Wilson: Born Dead, Still Weird

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2013

Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United

Executive Producer
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2013

アイアンマン 3

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2013

Iron Man & Hulk: Heroes United - sv.tal

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2013

Iron Man 3Stream

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2013
79%

The WolverineStream

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2013
71%

Thor: The Dark WorldStream

Executive Producer
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2013
66%

Larry King NowStream

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2012

Epix Looks at the Avengers

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2012

Mighty Movie Superheroes

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2012

Ultimate Spider-Man: Web Warriors

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Stan the Janitor
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2012

Ultimate Spider-ManStream

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Stan the Janitor
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2012

Broadway Previews

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2012

X-Men Origins: Wolverine Plus Digital Exclusive

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2012

アベンジャーズ

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2012

The Amazing Spider-ManStream

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2012
71%

Black Panther

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General Wallace
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2011

ThorStream

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2011
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X-Men: First ClassStream

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2011
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Captain America: The First AvengerStream

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2011
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Superheroes

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2011

Ghost Rider: Spirit of Vengeance

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2011

Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope

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2011

NikitaStream

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2010
85%

Stan Lee's Superhumans

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2010

New Spiderman

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2010

Black Panther: The Animated Series

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2010

Planète Hulk

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2010

Planet Hulk - sv.tal

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2010

Iron Man 2Stream

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2010
71%

Planet Hulk

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2010

Let's Make a DealStream

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2009

Iron Man: Armored Adventures

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2009

Wolverine y los X-Men

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2009

X-Men Origins: WolverineStream

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2009
38%

Tromatized, Meet Lloyd Kaufman

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2009

The Spectacular Spider-ManStream

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2008
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Iron ManStream

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2008
94%

The Incredible HulkStream

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2008
67%

ChuckStream

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2007
90%

The Big Bang TheoryStream

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Stan Lee
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2007
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Stan Lee: The Condor

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2007

Stan Lee: The Condor

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2007

Spider-Man 3Stream

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2007
63%

Ghost RiderStream

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2007
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Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver SurferStream

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2007
37%

Stan Lee Presents: Mosaic

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2007

Stan Lee Presents: The Condor

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2007

The Invincible Iron Man

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2007

Stan Lee's Harpies

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2007

HeroesStream

Guest Star
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2006
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Who Wants to Be a Superhero?

Self
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2006

X-Men: The Last StandStream

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2006
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Ultimate Avengers: The Movie

Executive Producer
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2006

Ultimate Avengers 2: Rise of the Panther

Executive Producer
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2006

Ultimate Avengers - sv.tal

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2006

Robot ChickenStream

Guest Voice
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2005

American DadStream

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2005

The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson

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2005

Fantastic FourStream

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2005
28%

Fantastic FourStream

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2005
28%

EntourageStream

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Stan Lee
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2004
33%

The PunisherStream

Executive Producer
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2004
29%

Spider-Man 2Stream

Executive Producer
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2004
93%

Blade: TrinityStream

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2004
24%

Comic Book: The Movie

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Himself
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2004
40%

Comic Book: The Movie

Self
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2004
40%

Spider-Man: The New Animated SeriesStream

Voice
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2003

DaredevilStream

Executive Producer
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2003
43%

X2: X-Men UnitedStream

Executive Producer
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2003
85%

HulkStream

Executive Producer
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2003
62%

Last Call With Carson Daly

Guest
Talk
2002

Stan Lee's Mutants, Monsters and Marvels

Self
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2002

Blade IIStream

Executive Producer
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2002
57%

Spider-ManStream

Executive Producer
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2002
90%

Spider-ManStream

Writer (Comic Book)
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2002
90%

X-MenStream

Executive Producer
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2000
82%

The Avengers

Executive Producer
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1999

BladeStream

Executive Producer
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1998
57%

Nick Fury

Executive Producer
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1998

The Incredible Hulk

Executive Producer
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1996

Mallrats

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Himself
Movie
1995

Mallrats

Self
Movie
1995

Fantastic Four

Voice
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1994

Spider-Man: The Animated SeriesStream

Executive Producer
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1994

X-Men

Writer
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1992

Captain America

Executive Producer
Movie
1990

The SimpsonsStream

Guest Voice
Stan Lee
Series
1989
85%

How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way

Self
Show
1988

Muppet Babies

Guest Star
Himself
Show
1984

The Incredible Hulk

Narrator
Show
1982

Hulk e a Mulher das Cavernas

Actor
Show
1982

Spider-Man And His Amazing FriendsStream

Narrator
Series
1981

CBS News Sunday Morning

Guest
News
1979

The Incredible HulkStream

Executive Producer
Series
1978

Tomorrow's World

Guest
Show
1965

TodayStream

Guest
News
1952

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