Stan Lee’s influence over comic books is incalculable. Several of his co-creations–including Spider-Man, X-Men Iron Man and The Avengers–have led to monster movie hits, helping to establish Marvel Comics as the leader of the comic book industry. In 2008, President Bush presented Lee with a National Medal of the Arts in recognition of his incredible career. Stan is currently developing movie and television projects with his company, POW! Entertainment, while still proudly bearing the title of Marvel’s Chairman Emeritus. With such a vast library of characters at his disposal, there’s no telling how much further his influence will reach in the next few years.