Stan Lee's 20 Greatest Marvel Comics Creations

20. J. Jonah Jameson

Marvel Comics

J. Jonah Jameson was never the star of the show, but the fact he’s such a beloved character shows what a creative genius Stan Lee was. The irate newspaper editor who constantly demands pictures of Spider-Man has become the definitive figure of the angry boss trope.

He’s yet to make an appearance in the MCU, but that might be because nobody could ever hope to replace Oscar winner JK Simmons. This portrayal was so iconic he reprised it twice as a Simpsons guest star. Who knows, maybe in Far From Home we’ll see a new Jonah, or they might even invite Simmons back into the fold. Either way, he’s a Stan Lee character who deserves to live on.

His cigar-chomping, rage-filled disposition is always an amusing aside, even in a comic book and interesting and fun as Spider-Man. Jonah might not have been the character kids wanted to be when they grew up, but he’s an incredibly memorable highlight of Lee’s illustrious career. Sad thing is a lot of those kids probably did grow up to be J. Jonah Jameson. Shame.


Stacey Henley is a published author, avid gamer and all-round nerd. She can most often be found roaming through vivid expansive spaces and discovering the world around her, but only in video games. In real life, she mostly stays home.