The 100 Greatest Stan Lee Stories Ever Told: #30-26

Last month, Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95. Lee was likely the most famous comic book creator in the history of the medium and he was the Editor-in-Chief for Marvel Comics for a remarkable three decades stint from the Golden Age through the launch of the Marvel Age of Comics. Working with iconic creators like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, John Romita, Joe Maneely, John Buscema, Don Heck, Wallace Wood, Dick Ayers, Gene Colan and many more, Lee either co-plotted and scripted or simply scripted some of the most famous stories in the history of comics. We asked you to vote for your picks for the top comic book stories that Lee either scripted or co-plotted and scripted. Here are the results!

30. "The Death of Captain Stacy" Amazing Spider-Man #88-90 (1970)

What began as a standard enough Doctor Octopus tale by Stan Lee and John Romita/Jim Mooney turns into one of the most tragic moments in Spider-Man's life as Captain Stacy, the heroic father to Peter Parker's girlfriend, Gwen, sacrifices himself to save a young boy about to be crushed by debris from a Spider-Man/Doctor Octopus fight. Gil Kane just joined the Amazing Spider-Man creative team in #89 before having to deliver a stellar death sequence, with some of Stan Lee's strongest dialogue from this particular era (the era where Romita was slowly phasing himself off the book and Lee was soon to follow)...

Such awesome tragedy.

29. "X-Men" X-Men #1 (1963)

It is remarkable to consider that X-Men #1 not only introduced Professor X and all of the original X-Men, but also Magneto, the Master of Magnetism. Magneto was such an awesome villain that he took the focus a bit away from the X-Men in their first issue, as Jack Kirby and Stan Lee made Magneto an imposing figure, and a difficult threat for the X-Men to fight in their first issue. When you compare it to the first villains that most other Marvel heroes fought in their first issue, this one was leaps and bounds ahead of the others (Loki doesn't count, since the Avengers were already all established characters)...

Paul Reinman inked Kirby on the story.

28. "Bedlam at the Baxter Building!" Fantastic Four Annual #3 (1965)

Stan Lee and Jack Kirby turned the comic book world upside down when they actually had Mister Fantastic and Invisible Girl get married in the third Fantastic Four Annual. The creators had spent a lot of time stressing how much the Fantastic Four was like a family and now, finally, the family was led by a married couple. Of course, things are not allowed to go smoothly, so the FF team-up with all of the heroes to fight pretty much all of the villains until Reed uses a powerful device form the Watcher (who can't interfere, nudge nudge wink wink) and everything is back to normal in time for the wedding of the century...

The extra touch of Lee and Kirby being turned away from the wedding is really nice.

Page 2: See #27-26

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