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chrismcc
Tuesday, 02 November 2010 09:40 AM
Never knew this about Stan Lee - great to hear these stories from the people themselves

Some time while I was working in the comics — which I was doing most of my life — it got very confusing because… oh, and I got married, but I'll get back to that. But my wife and I were Mr and Mrs Stanley Martin Lieber, which was my name. But I was writing under the name Stan Lee, and after a while more people knew me as Stan Lee. And when credit cards came out we had credit cards in the name of Stanley Lieber, and yet we'd go to a store and, ‘Hello Mr Lee, how are you?’ and I'd give the credit card, ‘Lieber? Is this your card?’. Or sometimes we'd go somewhere, we had charge accounts in the name of Lee, some of them were in the name of Lieber. We'd go somewhere and, a new store, and they'd say, ‘What's your name?’, I'd say, ‘Lee’, and they'd look it up and they'd say, ‘Oh no, the account is in the name of Lieber’, and they'd think I was a crook. We decided it would be easier to just have one name, and since I was known better as Stan Lee, to make our lives simple I legally changed my name to Stan Lee. Which is really a stupid name. I mean, I love Stanley Martin Lieber. I should have run for… for public office with a name like that. But anyway, that's how I became Stan Lee.

The creative genius of American writer, Stan Lee, who was born in 1922, brought us 'Spider Man', 'X-Men' and 'The Hulk'. They climbed tall buildings and fought the bad guys, but had normal worries too, about love, acceptance and family. Readers loved them and Marvel Comics, with Lee at the helm, went on to become hugely successful. In 2010 the Stan Lee Foundation was founded to focus on literacy, education and the arts. On January 4, 2011 Lee received the 2428th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Listeners: Leo Bear

Leo Bear is a Hollywood-based features writer. Her background is in news and features writing. Leo spent five years on the entertainment newsdesk at BBC Worldwide before going freelance and moving out to Los Angeles. She specialises in writing lifestyle features, celebrity interviews, health stories and travel features for publications including Eve Magazine, OK! Magazine, Total Film, TV Hits and Conde Nast Gourmet Travel Guide.

Tags: Stanley Martin Lieber, Stan Lee, name change

Duration: 1 minute, 15 seconds

Date story recorded: April 2006

Date story went live: 24 January 2008