Their induction will be in the MoPOP’s Science Fiction and Fantasy Hall of Fame exhibition later in the year.
The 95-year-old Stan Lee is arguably the most influential comic book writer ever, and he is renowned for being the co-creator of long-term Marvel Comics characters Spider-Man, Iron-Man, Black Panther, and superhero teams like The Avengers, X-Men as well as Fantastic Four.
His birth name was Stanley Martin Lieber, and he started his long journey as an assistant at Timely Comics when he was only 17. Lee went on to become an editor and wrote a number of comics including horror, westerns, and romance.
Lee helped in setting up of the Marvel Universe, back in 1961, by creating the Fantastic Four jointly with Jack Kirby, after Joan, Stan Lee’s wife, requested him to create a comics story to make himself happy when he contemplated leaving the business.
The arrival of Fantastic Four started a period of tremendous success and entry into the pop culture for the new brand called Marvel Comics, which led to Lee’s association with artists such as Steve Ditko and John Romita Sr. and he went on to create hit titles such as The Amazing Spider-Man and The Mighty Thor.
Scores of movies based on Lee’s works have been made in the subsequent decades and have ultimately led to the creation of the shared Marvel Cinematic Universe, which is populated by top superheroes such as Iron-Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Spider-Man (Tom Holland), and Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman).
Jointly, the films by MCU have earned over $16 billion all over the world. This Disney owned studio will see its 20th movie Ant-Man and The Wasp release on July 6.
The 52-year old British novelist J.K. Rowling is renowned as the creator of the famous Harry Potter books based on a young boy who finds out that he is a wizard, and the subsequent magical and extremely dangerous journey of Harry Potter and his friends at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
Rowling initially documented her magnificent and vast story on a large number of handwritten notes, which she then converted into a seven-part novel series. The first book of the series Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was published in the UK in 1997, and it reached America in 1998 as Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone.
Warner Bros. grandly adapted the books to create a highly successful movie franchise which saw eight movies hitting the big screen between 2001 and 2011 that earned close to $8 billion cumulatively.
The franchise was revived by WB in 2016 with a prequel cum spinoff series titled Fantastic Beasts and Where To Find Them, which was produced and scripted by Rowling. This is a five-part franchise and its next film, Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald will be out on November 16.
Other names to be inducted in this batch include the popular Nintendo video game series Legend of Zelda, and the Joss Whedon created TV series Buffy the Vampire Slayer.