This week, the New York City Council chose to honor the late Marvel Comics icon Stan Lee in an epic way. The New York Post reports that lawmakers approved a proposal on Tuesday to name part of a Bronx street after Lee, who grew up in the borough.
Lee was known as the heart and soul of Marvel Comics for nearly 60 years. During his impressive career, he created many of the franchise’s most beloved characters, including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Avengers, the X-Men, and the Hulk. The late mogul was also an integral part in the movie and television adaptations of his characters.
But before he was a legend in the world of comics, Lee was Stanley Martin Lieber, the son of Romanian-born parents. He attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx, where he discovered his love of writing, and even won a high school essay competition sponsored by the New York Herald Tribune.
To honor Lee’s accomplishments, and to recognize the Bronx’s influence on his work, University Avenue between Brandt Place and West 176th Street will be co-named "Stan Lee Way."