Stanley Martin Lieber (aka Stan Lee), born December 28, 1922 is Jewish. Lee was born in New York, NY to Romanian-born Jewish immigrants.
Lee graduated high school before he was 17 and became an assistant at the comic-book company that turned into Marvel Comics. His first superhero attempt was Captain America, who appeared in 1941 during World War II. By 19 Lee became the publisher and editor of Marvel Comics.
Like Superman Captain America also fought Nazis. Stan also went on to the Army in 1942. and wrote training films for soldiers and cartoons to keep up their spirits and make fun of the Nazis.
After the WWII, Stan wrote comics of every style, from action and sci-fi to humor and romance. Then, Marvel’s competitor, DC, came out with the Justice League, and Stan created the Fantastic Four in response.
What was unique and special about the Mavel characters was that these heroes had problems and arguments and bad days, just like regular people. It was a huge hit, and Stan and his associates together created all the famous superheroes we mentioned above: The Hulk and Thor, Iron Man and Daredevil, the X-Men and of course Spider-Man. This was in the late 1950s and early 1960s. Later came Silver Surfer and of course supervillans for the heros to fight, like Doctor Doom.
One major achievement came when the U.S. government asked Stan to create a comic that would explain to kids why drugs were bad. So he had Spider-Man deal with a friend who was addicted to drugs. Now, comics deal with real-world problems, like poverty and racism.