Stan Lee is known for many things—most of them hero-related. As the former master of the Marvel Universe, he is the mind behind comic book idols Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the Hulk, to name just a few. These heroes are recognizable for their strength, their character, and their distinctive looks—who doesn’t remember the Hulk’s shredded purple pants or Captain America’s patriotic suit and shield. Even for folks who aren’t getting their tickets for Comic-Con and catching the latest Avengers movie for the 15th time, these characters are visually familiar to a huge audience.
Lee, too, has a uniform of sorts: he is consistently spotted sporting sunglasses. Nowhere is this more clear than at his office at POW! Entertainment, opened in 2001. According to the blog Comic Book Resources, Lee’s sunglasses take front and center stage throughout the nonagenarian’s museum-like office space in Beverly Hills, CA.
“In the latest edition of its “Spaces” feature, Adweek takes a tour of the 92-year-old writer’s POW! Entertainment office in Beverly Hills, where it spotlights family photos, a 1980 Spider-Man pinball machine, Marvel figures and collectibles, art from fans, and painting by Steve Kaufman.”
From his personal photos to the cover of his book “Stan Lee’s How to Draw Comics,” and his frequent cameos in Marvel films, he can be seen sporting dark lenses. This fall, he will continue the tradition as his memoir “Amazing Fantastic Incredible: A Marvelous Memoir” will come out with an illustration of Lee once again in his stylish shades
Where did his love of all eyewear sunblocking spring from? In a recent interview by Todd Aaron Jensen at biography.com, Lee attributes it to a combination of health awareness and a young man’s effort to look more mature.
“I’ve always worn sunglasses. They’re like my mask, I guess. It was probably just some silly affectation. When I was very young and just starting off as a writer, I always lit a pipe and held it in my teeth as I wrote. I hated smoking a pipe, but I felt it made me look older and like a writer. I was 18. Sunglasses are better for your health.”