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With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story

TV-PG 2012 | 80 mins | Documentary EPIX Originals
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With Great Power explores the life of Stan Lee from the early days of his Depression era upbringing through the Marvel age of comics! The film uncovers original transcripts, illustrations, photographs and stories of Lee's journey from his early years at Timely Comics, his military service, the comic book industry's censorship battle of the 1950's, the dawn of Marvel Comics and the legendary characters Stan co-created, to his current company POW! Entertainment.

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  1. How's your Latin? Stan Lee's weekly Marvel "Stan's Soapbox" column always ended with the word Excelsior, which means "ever upward."
  2. Everybody loves a swashbuckler: Stan Lee found some of his earliest inspiration in the adventure flicks of Errol Flynn.
  3. You gotta start somewhere: some of Stan Lee's first jobs included writing obituaries, delivering sandwiches and selling subscriptions to the New York Herald Tribune.
  4. It's all about the name: ambitious young Stanley Lieber made his comic-book debut in Captain America Comics #3, using the psuedonym "Stan Lee."
  5. Doing his duty: Stan Lee served in the Army during World War II, using his writing and drawing skills as part of the Signal Corps.
  6. Good company: Stan Lee's playwright contemporaries in the Army included Frank Capra and Dr. Seuss.
  7. Happy New Year: Stan Lee was honored with his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on January 4, 2011.
  8. Hey, is that...? In addition to his many cameos in Marvel character movies, Stan Lee also appears as himself alongside Jack Kirby in The Fantastic Four No. 10.
  9. Alliteration always acceptable: Stan Lee often gave his characters first and last names starting with the same letter, as a way to make them more memorable. Right, Peter Parker?
  10. Don't strain your eyes: Stan Lee has appeared in every Marvel movie based on his characters except 2003's sequel X2.