Before this, most superheroes were idealistically perfect people with no serious, lasting problems.
who could have bad tempers, fits of melancholy, and vanity; they bickered amongst themselves, worried about paying their bills and impressing girlfriends, got bored or even were sometimes physically ill.
Lee has described it as "a third-floor apartment facing out back".
Lee and his brother shared the bedroom, while their parents slept on a foldout couch.
Other characters he co-created during this period fans and historians call the Golden Age of Comic Books include Jack Frost, debuting in U. The youngster showed a knack for the business that led him to remain as the comic-book division's editor-in-chief, as well as art director for much of that time, until 1972, when he would succeed Goodman as publisher.
Vincent Fago, editor of Timely's "animation comics" section, which put out humor and funny animal comics, filled in until Lee returned from his World War II military service in 1945.
Lee's wife suggested him to experiment with stories he preferred, since he was planning on changing careers and had nothing to lose.
Lee acted on that advice, giving his superheroes a flawed humanity, a change from the ideal archetypes that were typically written for preteens.
He graduated from writing filler to actual comics with a backup feature, "'Headline' Hunter, Foreign Correspondent", two issues later.
Lee's first superhero co-creation was the Destroyer, in Mystic Comics #6 (August 1941). Comics #1 (August 1941), and Father Time, debuting in Captain America Comics #6 (August 1941).
Lee has said that his goal was for fans to think of the comics creators as friends, and considered it a mark of his success on this front that, at a time when letters to other comics publishers were typically addressed "Dear Editor", letters to Marvel addressed the creators by first name (e.g. Throughout the 1960s, Lee scripted, art-directed and edited most of Marvel's series, moderated the letters pages, wrote a monthly column called "Stan's Soapbox", and wrote endless promotional copy, often signing off with his trademark motto, "Excelsior! To maintain his workload and meet deadlines, he used a system that was used previously by various comic-book studios, but due to Lee's success with it, became known as the "Marvel Method".
Typically, Lee would brainstorm a story with the artist and then prepare a brief synopsis rather than a full script.
Lee later explained in his autobiography and numerous other sources that he had intended to save his given name for more literary work.