By Gabriel Guimarães
I’m 100% sure to say that if it wasn’t for his excellent work maybe today I wouldn’t have achieved all the projection in the comic books world that I did so far. From his pen came most of Marvel’s most beloved characters and most of all, came sensitivity and humanity to super hero comics. His revolution in the industry in the 1960s is still remembered as one of the most important moments in the history of comic books all over the planet, and after it comics were never the same again.
By making real live human beings in flesh, bones and feelings behind the masks of the crime fighters, Stan brought the reader into the story and made him the greatest protagonist of his own private world of adventures, which could go from fighting Dr. Octopus on the top of the Empire State building to running across the whole city to buy Aunt May’s medication that is the only thing that could keep her alive. Stan made us truly believe that man could fly, either by wings as the original X-man Angel or by web as the spectacular Spidey.
No, he didn’t do this all by himself, there were a lot of hands helping him give birth to this whole universe of wonders (or marvels, if you may). Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Buscema, John Romita Sr., among dozens, are only a few of the gold-handed artists that made a dynamic duo whit this legendary creator (I know that this expression comes from Marvel’s biggest competitor but I’m taking freedom of speech to use this in my article as a neutral reference).