Stan Lee, the artist and movie pioneer who died on Monday, got his start like many other great artists, right here on the Upper West Side. He was born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922, when the family lived on 98th Street and West End Avenue.
In the video interview below, Lee talks about about his “fairly normal childhood,” with a vivid memory of having to sit on ponies for formal photographs. His family moved to the Bronx when Stan was still young.
Other great artists that began their lives in the neighborhood include Norman Rockwell and Humphrey Bogart.