STAN LEE celebrates the Marvel Age’s golden anniversary

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(STAN LEE & JACK KIRBY/Marvel Comics)

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A half-century to the day after he helped launch a comics revolution, Stan Lee is celebrating modern Marvel’s 50th birthday.

On Monday, Lee tells Comic Riffs: “Can’t wait for the 100th birthday!”

Although the cover of Fantastic Four #1 is dated November, Marvel says that debut issue — which was literally groundbreaking — rolled off the presses Aug. 8, 1961.

On that date, Mr. Fantastic, Invisible Girl, Human Torch and the Thing were officially birthed by the immortal team of Lee and Jack Kirby. (That issue was inked by Christopher Rule, Dick Ayers and George Klein.).

And Comic Riffs recommends checking out Fantastic Four #1 now via Marvel, which for a limited time is offering a “free preview.”

Happy golden anniversary, Stan the Man and “King,” and thanks for launching the first 50 years.

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An archived photo of then-Marvel Comics Publisher Stan Lee. (Gerald Martineau)

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Writer/artist/visual storyteller Michael Cavna is creator of the "Comic Riffs" column and graphic-novel reviewer for The Post's Book World. He relishes sharp-eyed satire in most any form.

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