Manufacture This

The blog of the Alliance for American Manufacturing

Stan Lee championed science and technology as the passion of many of his most famous superheroes.

Rarely a month passes without a superhero box office smash hit. And, almost always, that movie features the epic contributions of Stanley Martin Lieber, better known as Stan Lee.

Though Lee passed on Monday, his legacy in both the realm of literature and engineering lives on.  

Lee’s iconic characters -- so many of whom found their power through science and technology -- forged much of the comic book canon and inculcated popular culture with their tales of human flaws and triumphant comebacks.  

Though Lee professed to be the “least scientific person you’ll ever know,” his stories captured imaginations worldwide, inspiring many to follow in the footsteps of the science and engineering geniuses who were among his most famous creations, including Iron Man, Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and the Black Panther.

Today, more and more of the technologies Lee forecast in his comics are coming to fruition. Exoskeletons and prosthetics, the likes of which you might find in Tony Stark’s lab, are transforming lives, and many other inventions inspired by superheroes are making their way to production.

Here’s to the legendary Stan Lee who inspired legions of fans to manufacture their own superhero powers.