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Stan Lee’s New York City

The Marvel Comics maestro gave his superheroes a city that’s colorful, dangerous, rude, quippy, and full of heart. It might be his greatest creation.
Spidey looks out over Stan Lee's New York.
Spidey looks out over Stan Lee's New York.Marvel Comics

“New York is a large city… and, in such a vast, sprawling metropolis you’ll find all kinds of characters and kooks!”

Stan Lee wrote those words in 1964 to set the opening scene for Daredevil #4. When a man strolls into a Manhattan bank dressed head to toe in purple—from his suit to his hair to his skin—nobody bats an eye, Lee’s floating text balloon explains. It was a mood.