Remembering a legend: Inside Stan Lee's New York

David Caplan
November 12, 2018 - 5:20 pm



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- New York City was near and dear to the heart of Marvel co-creator Stan Lee, who died Monday at 95. After all, he was a native son. Here's a brief rundown of how Lee's world collided with the city:

Birthplace: Lee was born on Dec. 28, 1922 in Manhattan in the Upper West Side apartment of his Romanian-Jewish immigrant parents.  The apartment was located at West 98th Street and West End Avenue.

Childhood home: After the Depression, the family -- already living in upper Manhattan -- moved further uptown to Fort Washington Avenue in Washington Heights.

Teen years: By the time Lee was in his teens, the family was living in an apartment at 1720 University in the Bronx. Lee described it as "a third-floor apartment facing out back". He and his brother shared the bedroom, while their parents slept on a foldout couch. Lee attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx.

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Odd jobs: Lee also held several part-time jobs as a teen, which saw him darting across midtown Manhattan: He delivered sandwiches for the Jack May pharmacy to offices in Rockefeller Center, he was an usher at Broadway's Rivoli Theater, and he sold subscriptions to the New York Herald Tribune newspaper.

Married life: From 1945 to 1947, as a single man, Lee lived in the rented top floor of a brownstone in the East 90s in Manhattan.  He married Joan Clayton Boocock in 1947, and in 1949, the couple bought a home in Woodmere on Long Island, where they lived until 1952. From 1952 to 1980, they lived in Hewlett Harbor, also on Long Island. They also owned a condominium on East 63rd Street in Manhattan from 1975 to 1980. They moved to Los Angeles in 1981.

"Excelsior!:" Lee's trademark motto is also the New York State motto.

New York City in his comics: The origins of a slew of Marvel characters have one thing in common: they're from New York.

Those freedom-fighting characters include Spider-Man (who fights crime in the streets of Manhattan, but calls Queens home), The Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Luke Cage, and Daniel Rand from "Iron Fist." The Avengers' Tony Stark? He was born on Long Island and eventually found the Avengers in the city.

Captain America was born on the Lower East side of Manhattan in the 1920s -- a nod to the new immigrants assimilating.

X Men's Charles Xavier was born in New York City, and hones his and others mutant abilities north of the city in Westchester County.