10 Mind-Blowing Facts You Didn't Know About Stan Lee

10. Stan Lee Wasn't His Real Name

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Stan Lee's name is as synonymous with Marvel as Captain America, Spider-Man, and Wolverine are, but it may surprise you to discover that Stan Lee isn't actually his real name. Born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28th, 1922, to Celia and Jack Lieber, Stan developed a passion for writing at an early age and decided, almost straight off, that he wanted to be a writer.

Sadly, he didn't find it easy to get a foot in the door so he started out writing obituaries which he found depressing. In fact, he found it so depressing that he quit and with more than a little help from his uncle Robbie Solomon he got a job on Timely Comics, the precursor to Marvel.

Even though Stan went on to change the face of comic books he always held onto the belief that he could, one day, write the great American novel, and that was the reason he changed his name in the first place.

He took on the monicker of Stan Lee so that when he eventually got around to writing his book he could have Stanley Martin Lieber emblazoned across the dust jacket.

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