City Council bill brings Stan Lee Way to University Avenue

Stan Lee in August, 2017.
AP/ Chris Pizzello

It was the only way. The City Council voted to approve renaming a University Heights street after the one and only beloved Marvel comic creator whose film cameos were touching to many.

‘Stan Lee Way’ will be coming to University Avenue between Brandt Place and West 176th Street next spring thanks to the bill that Councilman Fernando Cabrera proposed.

Before going on to sketch Spiderman, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Nick Fury, J. Jonah Jameson the prestigious Daily Bugle newspaper in addition to many other heroes and villains alike, Lee called 1720 University Avenue home.

While his third floor, back facing apartment may have not been as snazzy as Avengers Tower, it did the trick for Lee during his stint at DeWitt Clinton High School where he still went by his birth name, Stanley Martin Lieber.

He actually penned the moniker out of fear that comic books would tarnish his writing reputation, ironically enough.

Lee passed away at 95 on Monday, November 12, 2018. It was just months following Marvel’s record-breaking film, ‘Avengers: Infinity War,’ where Lee had a cameo as a cynical school bus driver that criticized Peter Parker’s classmates for ‘overreacting’ to an alien spaceship hovering over midtown.

That film’s sequel, ‘Avengers: Endgame’ not only broke the all time box office record this summer, but also contained a posthumous cameo from Lee playing a 70s hippie that yells “Make love not war!” while driving by Camp Lehigh with an excelsior bumper sticker on the hot rod.

Rest in peace Stan, we love you 3000.

Stan Lee’s Dewitt Clinton class photo.
Stan Lee’s Twitter

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