Who would have thought that ‘The Avengers’ which made it to the stands fifty-five years ago would one day grow into one of the biggest multimedia franchises? Jack Kirby and Stan Lee’s comic ‘Avengers #1’ released back in 1963 and in what was a major throwback, Lee took to Twitter to share a picture of the issue. The comic-world legend tweeted, “The 1st issues of The X-Men & Daredevil were set to hit stands in September 1963, but when Daredevil fell behind, they needed a substitute - quick! So, Stan and Jack Kirby wrangled a bunch of established heroes together. The result: The Avengers! #WaybackWednesday #TheAvengers.”
Here's his tweet:
Just in case you’re one of the few who has never got your hands on the first ‘Avengers’ comic, the story revolves around a revenge-seeking Loki who was imprisoned away from Earth by his brother Thor.
Meanwhile, Stan Lee had recently taken to Twitter to reveal that the first superhero in the genre was Sir Percy Blakeney, also known as, the unmasked Scarlet Pimpernel. In a video posted on Lee’s Twitter handle, he said, “The Scarlet Pimpernel was the first superhero I had read about. The first character who could be called a superhero. He was a man who — yes, he wore a disguise, but it wasn’t a mask or anything like that. He just didn’t let people know who he really was.”
Check out the tweet with the video here:
The Scarlet Pimpernel novels inspired the 1934 film of the same name and Stan Lee hailed actor Leslie Harold’s portrayal of the character. Sir Percy Blakeney, who was a wealthy English baronet in his regular life, would rescue aristocrats sentenced to a life sentence during the French Revolution in the late 1700s.
Stan Lee along with other comic artists created numerous iconic characters including the Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-Men, Ant-Man, Iron Man and Thor. The legend has been bestowed with received several prestigious awards including 'The Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame' and the 'Jack Kirby Hall of Fame'. In addition to this, he also received the 'National Medal of Arts' in 2008. The comic-world legend is all set to release 'Between the Lines', a Chinese-language novel which is an adaptation of an original story by Lee.
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