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Stan Lee, chairman of Marvel Comics and Marvel Films, is known to millions as the man whose superheroes propelled Marvel to the pre-eminent position in the comic-book industry. Hundreds of legendary characters grew out of Lee's fertile imagination, including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, Daredevil, Dr. Strange, The X-Men and The Fantastic Four.
In the summer of 2002, Spider-Man swung onto the silver screen and broke box office records with its massive first weekend receipts. Based upon the freak accident that miraculously granted Peter Parker with his incredible spider-like abilities, the movie starring Tobey Maguire became a smash hit with audiences worldwide. The sequel is scheduled to be released in theaters in the summer of 2004.
Other action and adventure movies produced by Stan Lee include Blade, X-Men and Blade II.
The talented Larry Lieber draws the daily adventures of America's favorite web-slinger which are written by Stan Lee, Lieber's older brother.
Born Oct. 26, 1931, in New York City, Lieber studied at the Pratt Art Institute and the Art Students League.
His art career was put on hold while he spent four years in the Air Force. When he left the service, he followed his older brother into the exciting world of comic books.
Lieber wrote and drew stories featuring superheroes, monsters and cowboys, plus the occasional love story, all the while editing, art directing and teaching art classes.
His first daily newspaper strip was based on another popular Marvel character, The Incredible Hulk. He replaced Fred Kida as "The Amazing Spider-Man" artist 17 years ago, and he now has been associated with the character longer than any other artist.
Lieber lives in New York. He has a Yorkshire terrier who cannot draw a line.
In the early '60s Lee ushered in what has come to be known as "The Marvel Age of Comics," creating major new superheroes while breathing life and style into such old favorites as Captain America, the Human Torch and The Sub-Mariner.
His concept of heroes who possess everyday human foibles and frailties characters with whom people can empathize captured the hearts of readers everywhere, resulting in skyrocketing sales for Marvel as well as the creation of a new, expanding audience for the entire comic-book industry.
"Stan the Man," as he's known to fans worldwide, joined Marvel Comics in New York City at the age of 16, and a year later became the youngest editor in the industry.
His first few years at Marvel were interrupted when he volunteered for service with the Army Signal Corps during World War II. During his three years in the Army, he created and wrote training films and instructional manuals for various branches of the service and became one of nine men to receive the Army's "playwright" classification.
During his first 25 years at Marvel's helm as editor, art director and head writer, Lee scripted no fewer than two, and sometimes as many as five, complete comic books per week. Additionally, he wrote newspaper features, screenplays and radio and television scripts.
In his "spare time," he has lectured at virtually every campus in the United States and Canada on such varied topics as "Comics Today, Screenplays Tomorrow," "The Art of Storytelling," "Pop Art vs. The Classics" and "Icons in Contemporary American Literature."
By the time he was named publisher of Marvel Comics in 1972, his comics were the nation's biggest sellers.
Today, Marvel continues to be a major factor in the marketplace, publishing in 75 countries in 22 languages.
In 1977, Lee brought Spider-Man into the newspapers. The seven-days-a-week strip, which he has written and edited since its inception, is among the most successful of all syndicated adventure strips, appearing in 500 newspapers worldwide.
Lee has written more than a dozen best-selling books, including "The Origins of Marvel Comics," "The Silver Surfer," "How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way," "Bring on the Bad Guys," "The Superhero Women," "The Best of the Worst" and "Riftworld," a science-fiction paperback series.
He wrote the introduction to "Marvel: Five Fabulous Decades of the World's Greatest Comics," the best-selling coffee-table book that details the growth of Marvel and Lee's own career.
By 1981 it became clear that the talent and creativity that had developed so many characters in one medium could be used to translate them into another. Thus, when Marvel decided to launch an animation studio on the West Coast, Lee moved to California, where he still resides today, as creative head of Marvel's cinematic ventures.
There Lee began to transform his Spider-Man and Hulk creations into Saturday-morning television cartoons, and he started to pave the way for Marvel's entry into live-action feature films.
In 1988, Lee produced and narrated a videocassette based on his "How to Draw Comics the Marvel Way" book. More recently, he collaborated with Stabur Video in a series of videotapes titled "Stan Lee Presents the Comicbook Greats," in which he interviews top artists and writers.
His animated TV production, "The X-Men," which appears Saturday mornings on Fox, has been No. 1 in the ratings since its inception.
He is host, narrator and co-executive producer of the "Marvel Action Hour," a weekly syndicated animated TV series featuring The Fantastic Four and Iron Man.
Lee was born in 1922 in New York City.
Fans may contact Lee by e-mail: STANZFANZ@aol.com.
In 1977, Spider-Man successfully expanded from comic books to comic strips one of the few comic-book superheroes to enjoy newspaper longevity. King Features Syndicate distributes "The Amazing Spider-Man" daily to more than 400 newspapers worldwide.
Saviuk pencils the "Spider-Man" Sunday strip and inks the daily "Spider-man" strips.
Saviuk began his professional career at DC Comics in 1977 after studying sequential art with Will Eisner at The School of Visual Arts in New York City. Within a few short months, he became the regular artist on such titles as Green Lantern and The Flash. His resume extended to include Superman, Hawkman, Aquaman, The Atom, and Air Wave, among others.
In 1986, Saviuk forged ahead to Marvel Comics where he soon became the penciller on Defenders of the Earth featuring The Phantom, Flash Gordon and Mandrake the Magician. Then, after successfully filling in on The Amazing Spider-Man, he worked on the Web Of Spider-Man for more than seven years followed by two more years on Spider-Man Adventures based on the animated series.
From 1997 to 1998, Saviuk pencilled the last 12 issues of The X-Files for Topps Comics. In 1997, he began pencilling the Sunday Spider-Man newspaper strip. In 2003, he began inking the Spider-Man dailies as well. Saviuk also joined ranks with the Swedish publisher Egmont and Australian publisher Frew in chronicling the adventures of The Phantom.
Here in the United States, Saviuk is currently working on a full-figure statue featuring his designs of The Phantom (with the Devil) with ReelArt Studios and sculptor Shawn Nagle. Recently, Saviuk completed a project assisting Will Eisner on his last Spirit story, which will be published by Dark Horse Publishing in 2005.
Saviuk is currently working on an online comic strip called Feast of the Seven Fishes with writer Bob Tinnell. Besides comics, Saviuk likes to create storyboards and conceptual art for use in advertising and films. He lives in Florida with his lovely wife, their two children and Simba(the dog, not the lion!)
Readers and fans can send email to Alex Saviuk at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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