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!
35. "The Coming of...the Falcon!" Captain America #115-119 (1969)
Stan Lee, Gene Colan and Joe Sinnott delivered this epic where the Red Skull, once again in possession of the Cosmic Cube, switches bodies with Captain America. First the Skull has the Avengers fight against Skull/Cap and then he drops Skull/Cap off on the island of the Exiles, letting them take care of him. Skull/Cap quickly fastens a disguise for himself and enlists the help of another inhabitant of the island, a young man from New York City who Cap trains as a hero to help him fight off the Exiles and then take the fight to the Skull himself. That man is none other than Sam Wilson, the Falcon...
The two men become longtime partners during this arc.
34. "The Ultimate Cosmic Experience" The Silver Surfer (1978)
This graphic novel turned out to be the last comic book that Stan Lee and Jack Kirby ever worked on together. The idea was a novel one, to come up with a story that could theoretically be used as a possible Silver Surfer movie. That seems easy enough, right, since Lee and Kirby had already DONE an awesome story that could be a movie back in the original Galactus Trilogy, but as it turned out, movie rights were a problem even back in the 1970s. The Fantastic Four's movie rights were tied up by someone else, so Lee and Kirby (working with Joe Sinnott on inks) had to come up with a version of the Galactus Trilogy with the Fantastic Four (and all other Marvel characters) eliminated from the story...
Working without the constraints of the Comics Code, Kirby and Lee end up giving Surfer a love interest that Silver Surfer actually makes love to during the story (which is odd, since she is basically a female version of the Surfer created by Galactus to mess with the Surfer).
33. "The Search for Galactus" Thor #160-162, 168-169 (1968-69)
This is an unusual story arc, because it is broken up by a pretty large gap, but #168 clearly picks up from #162, so I think it fits as one story.
In any event, it opens with the brilliant high concept (by Jack Kirby, Stan Lee and Vince Colletta) of the planet-eater, Galactus, trying to eat the living planet, Ego.
Once that part of the story is over, Thor tries to find the missing Galactus and when he finally finds him, he learns the secret origin of Galactus (Kirby is inked on these last two issues by George Klein, who died soon after this story arc came out).
We learn that Galactus is the last survivor of his home dimension and when he landed in the Marvel Universe, things changed dramatically for him...
Powerfully told origin. Luckily, Kirby at least got to tell the origin of Galactus (he missed out on Surfer's origin).