One of the great facts about Stan Lee include his relationship with renowned authors of the 20th Century. In 1942, he entered the United States Army and served as a member of the Signal Corps, where he repaired telegraph poles and some communications equipment, before he got transferred to the Training Film Division, where he met Pulitzer Prize-winning author William Saroyan, cartoonist Charles Addams (creator of The Addams Family), director Frank Capra (It’s a Wonderful Life) and Theodor Geisel, whom the world knows as Dr. Seuss!
After his return from the war in 1945, where he won honorary recognition for his service, Stan Lee continued to venture into his work, writing stories in a variety of genres. However, despite his love for comics, he was hoping to create the “Great American Novel”. Always the perfectionist, he instead was dissatisfied with his work, and considered quitting for a time. He also married Joan “Joanie” Clayton Boocock in 1947, in a marriage lasting until her death in 2017. A 70 year-long marriage! She also is the reason for his famous slicked-back hair, since she was his barber, and the only person he’d go to for a haircut.