Master Comic Artist
Stan got his start at age 16 when he worked as a staff colorist for Timely Comics, now known as Marvel Comics. He created color designs for Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, and many others, before drawing humor cartoons for teen girls, including the widely popular Archie Comics. In 2012, Stan was inducted into the National Cartoonists Society’s Hall of Fame.
Stan says that it’s his lifelong love of comics that led to his successful career. “Even as a very young child, maybe 4 or 5, my pictures told a story, though they were, of course, very simple stories!” he says. “When I became a professional cartoonist, this love of visual storytelling stayed with me for over 50 years, and I’m still doing what I liked doing as a child!”
Marvel Comics was the ideal place for Stan to launch his career. “All their publications were essentially storybooks,” he explains. “[Marvel Comics editor-in-chief] Stan Lee was my storytelling mentor, and I worked for him for 20 years.”
On The Studio, Stan offers advice for girls dreaming of a comic artist career. “Today there are just as many women cartoonists working in the field as there are men,” Stan says, “and there is a huge resurgence in comics today.” He advises girls to spend time in the graphic-novel section of bookstores to study artists and their stories. “This shows how much opportunity there is out there,” he says.