Born: New York, USA (1922)
Lives and works: Hollywood Hills, USA
Education: DeWitt Clinton High School
Awards: National Medal of Arts (2008)
“Entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.”

Often credited with transforming the industry forever, the late Stan Lee was an American comic book writer, editor and former president and chairman of Marvel Comics.


In collaboration with noted artists - including Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko - Stan co-created Spider-Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, the Silver Surfer, the Avengers and many other fictional characters.

He pioneered and advocated the use of comic books to comment on social issues such as bigotry, injustice and discrimination. As a result, Stan’s Marvel Revolution extended beyond the characters and storylines to engage with the audience and create a community between the readers and creators. In 1984, Stan was awarded the National Medal of Arts by the United States Congress - the highest honour awarded to an individual artist in the USA.

In an interview with the Radio Times, Stan said: “It’s always great when people come up to me and mention how much they like the characters I’ve created. It’s a great feeling to hear that.”

In November 2018, fans of all ages across the world united to mourn the passing of Stan Lee. As the mastermind behind some of the most popular characters ever to grace the pages of Marvel comics, the 95-year-old was as much a legend to the generations he inspired as the superheroes whose trials and triumphs he crafted on his trusty typewriter.

Our hand-signed Legacy Collection includes cover art, internal panels and splash pages from the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Find out more here

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We were thrilled to be featured in Marvel's 'pull list' of their must-have comic art in September 2020. Fast-forward to 3:07 to discover their top picks, including 'The Avengers #1', The Incredible Hulk #307', 'The Incredible Hulk #152', 'The Mighty Avengers #67' and 'The Incredible Hulk #1'. 

For more Marvel content, head over to our blog, where we've compiled a comic book glossary, and an article exploring the history of the genre. Plus don't forget you can catch up on all of our Marvel videos on our YouTube channel. 

From the blog

Marvel | The Legacy Collection | 2023

Revealing a snapshot into the early modern era of Marvel Comics, our exciting new line-up for 2023 features legendary superheroes like Iron Man, Wolverine, Spider-Man and Black Widow.

Marvel | Superheroes | 2022

Washington Green and Castle Fine Art are proud to present the final instalment of Marvel 'Superheroes.' Comprised of six of Stan's favourite classic covers from Marvel's unparalleled back catalogue, we present The Amazing Spider-Man, Captain America, Fantastic Four, The Mighty Thor and The Avengers. 

Magazines and brochures

Marvel | The Legacy Collection | 2023

The highly anticipated fourth instalment from The Legacy Collection, featuring some of Marvel's most iconic characters, is now exclusively available online and in galleries


Marvel | Superheroes 2022

We’re excited to unveil the brand new Marvel ‘Superheroes’ collection. Hand-signed by the late Stan Lee, the six iconic covers celebrate some of the Marvel Comics’ best-loved characters.

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