Comic book legend Stan Lee to receive star on Hollywood Walk of Fame today

Stan Lee talks to the press about Time Jumper and other projects at Comic Con 2009
Stan Lee talks to the press about Time Jumper and other projects at Comic Con 2009 gearlogvideo

Stan Lee, considered to have exerted more influence over the comic book industry than anyone else in history, will receive the 2,428th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today.

The ceremony is set to begin at 11:30 a.m. in front of the Live Nation Building on Hollywood Boulevard.

One-time Spider-Man writer and illustrator turned Spawn creator Todd McFarlane and Gill Champion, president and chief operating officer of POW! Entertainment, which Lee founded and serves as chairman and chief creative officer, are scheduled to join Lee in speaking at the ceremony,

Lee created or co-created 90 percent of Marvel Comics' characters, including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Daredevil, The Avengers, Silver Surfer and Dr. Strange.

Born Stanley Martin Lieber on Dec. 28, 1922 in New York City, Lee began his career in 1939 as an assistant at Timely Comics with such duties as getting lunch, filling inkwells and proofreading.

His first published work was as a text filler for Captain America No. 3, published in 1941. He wrote under the name Stan Lee, which would later become his legal name, writing in his autobiography that he intended to save his given name for more literary work.

Lee was named interim editor of Timely Comics in 1941, and would be editor-in-chief for what would evolve into Marvel Comics in 1961 until 1972 when he became publisher.

More than two million of Lee's comic books have been published in 75 nations and in 25 languages. His characters have been featured in 24 animated television series and several live-action movies.

Now chairman emeritus of Marvel Comics, Lee is developing new characters, comic books, movies and television projects for POW! Entertainment.

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