One thing that is the storyteller genious of Stan Lee is that he took characters from comics in to YOUR wourld. Paying rent, love, looks,self respect, getting a job, depression…..all of them just as much a part of daily life for the heroes as they are for you.
When you get out of the spandex you still got to eat, pass that exam, make him / her see you, stop being such a geek and get that damn wallpaper up.
In some cases one could even discuss weather they are heroes in the classical sense (or actually, if you look at the classical Greek heroes like Herakles or Atlas, they are. Flawed is part of the concept). The Punisher or Wolverine, both as*holes with clear psychological problems due to trauma. They are NOT “ta ta ta – the incredible Niceman”.
Fantastic Four, Spider – Man, The Hulk, all iconic all over the world, all the brainchildes of “Stan the man”.
As much as we may know about the classic comic book heroes as Superman or Batman, it is still on another level.
TV series exepted, how much do we REALLY know about Jonathan and Martha Kent (thank you “Smallville” for expanding.)?
Alfred in Batman, he is born in Denmark. What brought him to America? Did he allways want to be a butler?
In Lee´s works the hero´s life is not entirely focused on the hero bit.
The stories are built not only around the “Spider” but also around the “Man”, thus making much more multi level drama possable.
When it comes to for instance Mary Jane Parker (fomerly Watson) we not only know that she calls Peter “Tiger”, knew he was Spidey since way back but kept it to herself or that she is a model and aspiering actress but we know how she FEELS about things. She is a character, not just a two dimensional (good looking) stick figure.
Todd Maguire and Kirsten Dunst as Peter and Mary Jane
This is the greatness of Stan Lee, that he introduced real drama into comics, on a par with movies or novels. In Sweden, comics has been seen as an art form since at least the early 80´s. Stan has no small part in that
He took your everyday problems and mixed them with your inner, nigh mythological self, the hero. Cant you tell your family who you really are for they´re own security (Aunt May-Spider -Man)? Do you just feel so PISSED OFF at the puny humans, but keep it all inside because……they wouldnt like you when you´re angry (The Hulk)? Do you move in angles totally unthinkable to those around you (Spider – Man)?
This is the greatness of Marvel, you can identify with the characters in the stories.
The players are not mere cliche heroes but the flawed classical heroes of myth and litterature.
To my Generalissimo: