When Marvel icon Stan Lee served in WWII, he found himself working alongside famous children’s writer Dr. Seuss.
In what must have been the healthiest wartime collaboration in military history, Marvel Legend Stan lee teamed up with the iconic children’s book author Dr seuss to help the allies win World War II. Really.
Stan Lee got his start in comics in 1939, working as an assistant at Timely Comics. Two years later, in 1941, he would get his first big break writing a two-page short film for Captain America Comics # 3. Lee quickly rose through the ranks of Timely (who would eventually become Marvel), becoming the publisher’s acting editor later that year. It was this nascent stage in Lee’s comic career that led him to cross paths with Theodor Seuss Geisel.
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Lee enlisted in the military in 1942 during the height of WWII and was ready to deploy overseas when his brief history in the comics totally changed its wartime course at the last minute. “I was practically waiting at the dock for the ship to take me overseas when they tapped my shoulder and a colonel said, ‘Did you work on comics?’ Yes. ‘We have a job for you,’” Lee told The Hollywood Reporter in 2016. It turned out the job was to serve in the Army’s Training Films Division, where he would write scripts, manuals, and other instructional material for the military. Instead of going overseas to fight the war, Lee was sent to Astoria, Queens, where he was able to put his true skills to use. By the way, this division was also home to Theodor Seuss Geisel, the man who would one day become Dr. Seuss.
Surprisingly, Lee and Seuss weren’t the only ones in the unit who would later become legends of the entertainment industry. The division also included Frank Capra, director of films such as It’s a wonderful life Y Mr. Smith is going to Washington. Also in the division was the Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist and playwright William Saroyan. Lee returned to comics in 1945, but the work he did while working alongside beloved Dr. Seuss would not go unnoticed. In 2017, Lee was listed on the Army Signal Corps Regiment Association and the official US Army Twitter. sent a message in honor of Lee after his death on November 12, 2018, he tweeted: “Rest in peace, soldier.”
But despite what he and his team helped achieve, Lee remained humble, saying “it was the least I could do for my country.” They may not have fought on the front lines, and they may be best known today for their fictional characters, but in real life, Stan Lee and Dr. Seuss teamed up in an unlikely collaboration to help win the Second. World War.
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