Keys related to Stan Lee outside of his writing credits

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Marvel ⋅ 1997
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Marriage of James Hudson aka Weapon Alpha and Heather Hudson

Stan Lee appears in this issue as the officiator of the wedding

1st appearance of Flex and Radius as children, prior to assuming codenames

Variant ⋅ Marvel ⋅ 2017
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Variant cover art by Skottie young

Marvel ⋅ 1972
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Final monthly issue written by Stan Lee before taking the role of Publisher for Marvel

Fan Expo ⋅ Marvel ⋅ 2010
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Fan Expo Canada 2010 exclusive

Cover art inspired by Amazing Fantasy #15 (1962)

Atlas ⋅ 1953
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Four-page story titled Raving Maniac, written by Stan Lee that expressed his views on the intention and effect of horror comics during a time when the medium was facing heavy public scrutiny

Stan Lee appears in his own story as an editor confronted by an irate advocate of the theories presented by psychiatrist, Fredric Wertham, who went on to write the industry-altering Seduction of the Innocent (1954)

The “Raving Maniac” character is a representation of Wertham whose work led to the establishment of the Comics Code Authority

Variant ⋅ IDW ⋅ 2018
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Variant cover art by Drew Moss

Stan Lee Box exclusive

Variant ⋅ BOOM! ⋅ 2017
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Variant cover art by Lucas Werneck

Stan Lee Box exclusive

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Anniversary of Stan Lee's 65th year employed at Marvel

Stories that integrate Stan Lee with Silver Surfer in various adventures

Dynamite ⋅ 2007
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Dynamite begins publishing The Boys, issues #1 - #6 published by WildStorm

1st team appearance of Payback: Tek-Knight, Stormfront, Swatto, Mind-Droid

[September 2023 - Tek-Knight to appear in The Boys spin-off Gen-V]

1st appearance of The Legend, a parody of Stan Lee

Convention Exclusive ⋅ Marvel ⋅ 2016
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Variant cover art by Greg Horn

Dubai convention exclusive

Reprint ⋅ Marvel ⋅ 2014
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Variant cover art by Skottie Young

Reprint of The Amazing Spider-Man #9, the first appearance of Electro (1964)

Marvel ⋅ 1971
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Cameo appearance of Stan Lee with his wife Jane Clayton Boocock

Marvel ⋅ 1962
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Debut of Stan Lee's letter column 'Mailbag'

Cameo appearances of Stan Lee and Steve Ditko, silhouetted, in story

Marvel ⋅ 1947
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Illustrated parody of Stan Lee in comic books

Marvel ⋅ 1978
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What if?...The Original Marvel Bullpen Had Become The Fantastic Four

Stan Lee, Jack Kirby, Sol Brodsky and Flo Steinberg as the Fantastic Four

Variant ⋅ Marvel ⋅ 2018
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Controversial variant with Stan Lee's signature stamped on the cover using ink containing his blood (referred to as Stan Lee's Solvent DNA Ink)

Includes a numbered hologram sticker printed with the words "Hands of Respect" and a Certificate of Authenticity

In April 2018, news broke that a former business associate of Stan's allegedly presented forged documents to his personal nurse that gave permission to draw blood from Mr. Lee

Initially, this issue and Rise of the Black Panther #1 (Stelfreeze variant) were sold with the signature at a store on the Las Vegas strip but since then the stamp has been used on other covers

Variant ⋅ Marvel ⋅ 2018
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Controversial variant with Stan Lee's signature stamped on the cover using ink pads containing his blood (referred to as Stan Lee's Solvent DNA Ink)

Includes a numbered hologram sticker printed with the words "Hands of Respect" and a Certificate of Authenticity

In April 2018, news broke that a former business associate of Stan's allegedly presented forged documents to Mr. Lee's personal nurse that gave permission to his draw blood

Initially, this issue and Thor #700 (Dauterman variant) were sold with the signature at a store on the Las Vegas strip but since then the stamp has been used on other covers

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Advice, insights and anecdotes written by Stan, intended to advise aspiring writers and artists

Multiple reprints exist, check copyright date for the publication year, 1947

Included is a detailed explanation of how Captain America was created

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One-shot exclusive given away at a special invite-only event hosted by Marvel on October 7, 2019 in New York City

Features photos and artist renderings of the company's longtime creator and ambassador along with stories from industry veterans celebrating Stan Lee's influence in comics

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Part two of a two-part limited series written by Stan Lee and illustrated by Moebius

Donny Cates pays tribute to Stan Lee in Silver Surfer Black #5 by including a phrase that originated in this issue: 'if we turn from battle because there is little hope of victory, where then would valor be?'

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1st team appearance of the Female Furies: Bernadeth, Lashina, Mad Harriet and Stompa, trained by Granny Goodness to be warriors for Darkseid

1st appearance of Funky Flashman, a parody of Stan Lee

Variant ⋅ Marvel ⋅ 2018
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Variant cover art by Chris Stevens

Variant ⋅ Marvel ⋅ 2018
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Variant cover art by Ed Piskor featuring Stan Lee

Hardcover ⋅ Touchstone ⋅ 2015
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Graphic novel memoir of Stan Lee's life named after adjectives in the 'Amazing Spider-Man' 'Fantastic Four' and 'Incredible Hulk'

High value refers to the retail cost of the book

Preview ⋅ Touchstone ⋅ 2015
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12-page promotional preview of the graphic novel

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According to Tom Brevoort, Senior Vice President of publishing at Marvel, this issue includes Stan Lee's final published story, 'Captain America Foils the Traitor's Revenge'

Stan Lee's first published story for Marvel was a two-page text feature in Captain America Comics #3 (May 1941) of the same name

Stan Lee adapted the two-page text story from 1941 into a traditional comic script 73 years later and Bruce Timm illustrated the panels

Stan Lee's first published story was also his last

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Anniversary of Stan Lee's 65th year employed at Marvel

Stories that integrate Stan Lee with Spider-Man in various adventures

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Premiere issue, 'Just Imagine, Stan Lee's Batman' kicks off a twelve-issue series published by DC that invited Stan Lee to recreate their classic characters

1st appearance of Batman as a black man in a suit that looks like a monster bat

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Photo cover featuring Stan Lee, Chris Claremont, Walter Simonson, John Byrne, Jim Shooter, Denny O'Neil, Paul Smith, Dave Cockrum, Bill Mantlo, Al Milgrom, Mark Gruenwald, and Terry Austin.

Marvel ⋅ 1986
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Painted Cover Portrait of Stan Lee

Interview of Stan Lee by Kurt Busiek

Stan Lee Commentary

Marvel ⋅ 1983
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Cover appearance of Stan Lee and Jim Shooter

Marvel ⋅ 1983
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A collection of continuity errors and other mistakes with narration by Stan Lee

"No-Prize" refers to the award given to readers who correctly pointed out these errors who were literally given no prize at the time

The term was first used by Stan Lee in a letter to fans found in the Fantastic Four #26 (1964)

Street Enterprises ⋅ 1980
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Photo cover art featuring Stan Lee

Dark 'April Fool's' joke insinuating the death of Stan Lee

Marvel ⋅ 1977
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Classic cover art of Stan Lee painted by Arnold Sawyer

Stan Lee Interview

Back cover art featuring KISS

Marvel ⋅ 1950
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Photo cover depicts Stan Lee in costume as the Black Rider

Timely ⋅ 1941
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1st appearance and origin of the Destroyer, the first superhero created by Stan Lee

Origin of the Challenger

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First written work in the comic book industry by Stan Lee

Two-page text story with a couple of illustrations by Kirby

3rd appearance of Captain America

3rd appearance of Bucky Barnes

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2nd appearance and 1st cover of the Red Skull, George Maxon

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