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Time Capsule: Origin Story
12/1/2002
The "father" of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Daredevil and the Fantastic Four reflects on his own roots as the son of immigrants.

Stanley Martin Lieber, who would go on to become Stan Lee, creator of Spider-Man and countless other Marvel Comics superheroes, was born on Dec. 28, 1922, in New York City, the first child of Jack and Celia Lieber, both Romanian immigrants.

I always wished my mother and father would lavish as much love on each other as they did on my younger brother, Larry, and me. They were both good, loving parents, and I think the only thing that gave them any pleasure was their children. My brother and I always regretted that fate had not been kinder to them and that they couldn't have had happier lives. They must have loved each other when they married, but my earliest recollections were of the two of them arguing, quarreling incessantly. Almost always it was over money, or the lack of it. I realized at an early age how the specter of poverty, the never-ending worry about not having enough money to buy groceries or to pay the rent, can cast a cloud over a marriage. I'll always regret the fact that by the time I was earning enough money to make things easier for them, it was too late.

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