Beloved American Icon Stan Lee’s Net Worth

Stan Lee's net worth

On Monday, November 12, one of America’s most beloved icons died. Stan Lee, the creator of a large number of popular Marvel comic characters, was 95 years old. He often made cameos in Marvel films, helped direct, and loved what he did. Those years of success helped him build wealth and a legacy that would outlive him for centuries. So, what was Stan Lee’s net worth at his time of death?

About Stan Lee

Before we get into his finances, you have to know what a huge deal Stan Lee was to so many people and why.

Stanley Martin Lieber (Stan Lee) was born in Manhattan on December 28, 1922. Throughout his childhood, he was influenced by various books and movies, especially those depicting Errol Flynn as the hero. His family suffered financially after the Great Depression, forcing them to move to The Bronx. Lee and his younger brother shared a room while their parents slept in the living room on a foldout couch.

There he attended DeWitt Clinton High School, where he graduated early at the age of 16 1/2. During his teens, he enjoyed writing and hoped to write the “Great American Novel” one day. He also spent time writing obituaries and press releases, in addition to some odd jobs like delivering sandwiches, office work, ushering, and selling subscriptions to the newspaper.

After graduating from high school, Lee joined the WPA Federal Theatre Project. With help from his uncle (Robbie Solomon) he was able to get an assistant position at the Timely Comics division of Pulp magazine. Timely eventually evolved into Marvel Comics.

His Early Career

At first, Lee’s main duty at Marvel was to refill the inkwells for the artists. He would also get lunch and do proofreading. Lee didn’t make his comic-book debut until May 1941. He debuted with the text filler Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge. This is the first time he used the name “Stan Lee,” which he later changed to his legal name. Lee revealed he used a pseudonym so that if one day he wrote the “Great American Novel” he would not be embarrassed by his time at Marvel. At the time, comic books meant you assumed a lower social status.

Eventually, he graduated from writing filler to crafting actual comics with a backup feature. His first superhero co-creation was the Destroyer in Mystic Comics #6 (August 1941). He also co-created Jack Frost and Feather Time in two other comics that month.

After two of his superiors left the publisher, Lee was swiftly promoted to interim editor at the age of 19. Lee was able to display a knack for the business and remained editor-in-chief (and art director) until 1972. It is also important to note that Lee served in the U.S. Army from 1942 until his return from WWII in 1945.

Later Marvel Years


Over time, Lee became the figurehead and public face for Marvel. He’d frequently make appearances at conventions, lectures, and panel discussions around the country. And, in January 1977, Lee and John Romita Sr. launched the Spider-Man comic strip. At the time, neither of them knew how successful the character would be.

In 1981, Lee moved to California to develop Marvel’s television and movie properties for which he served as an executive producer. And, as many fans know, he made cameo appearances in every film. Lee stepped away from his regular duties at Marvel in the 1990s. However, he continued to receive an annual salary of $1 million from the company as Chairman Emeritus.

After Marvel

In 1998, he began an Internet-based superhero creation, production, and marketing studio called Stan Lee Media. The company grew to 165 people and went public in 1999. Unbeknownst to Lee, two of his business pals were involved in illegal stock manipulation, forcing the company to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in February 2001.

Fox created a successful X-Men film in 2000 which brought Lee back into the comic game once again. After the blowout success of the first film, Lee sued Marvel for his share of the profits. Lee said that because he co-created the characters, he deserved some of the profits. He and Marvel settled in 2005 for an undisclosed seven-figure amount. Marvel also promised to pay him 10% of any future profits.

Since then, he has worked on a number of different projects with numerous companies. There is no doubt he took the comic book world over. In fact, there’s no way to think about Stan Lee without thinking about comics. What did this HUGE career do for Stan Lee’s net worth?

Stan Lee’s Net Worth

At the time of his death, Stan Lee was estimated to be worth $50 million. While that doesn’t seem like it is a lot, there are a number of lawsuits in Lee’s career that dented his net worth over time. He also once said that he should have been greedier. Although he practically made the Marvel universe, he didn’t always profit from it.

He started at Marvel in 1941 for just $8 a week. Throughout the decades Lee was with Marvel and working with Marvel, the company was bought-and-sold multiple times. However, because Lee was never an owner, he never cashed in on any of those sales.

Later in his life, it seemed Lee was plagued with lawsuits. As you know, he sued Marvel. Just earlier this year, he also sued POW! Entertainment for $1 billion in damages for fraud, claiming he was tricked into signing away rights to use his identity. He was also known to be a bit gullible and fell victim to scams and conmen throughout his life.

It has also been reported that Lee was mixed up in a lawsuit with his daughter over elder abuse. “Lee stands at the center of a nasty battle for his care (and estate) as one friend pleads for help: ‘He’s in need of a superhero himself.’” the Hollywood Reporter reported.

Lee also moved a number of times within the Los Angeles area. His first Hollywood home was priced around $3.6 million and sold for $3.75 million. It has also been reported Lee bought-and-sold a number of other homes in the area, ranging in price from $4 million to $5 million.

The End of an Era

Stan Lee died on November 12, 2018, at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In recent years, he’d battled with illness. However, his dream still lives on in the characters he created and, of course,  with his fans. His daughter spoke after his death saying, “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”

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What is Ryan Ashley Malarkey’s Net Worth?

Ryan Ashley Malarkey's Net Worth

Ryan Ashley Malarkey is a famous black-and-gray tattoo artist from Kingston, Pa. After winning a season of Ink Master, Malarkey’s career blew up and so has her wealth. So, what is Ryan Ashley Malarkey’s net worth?

About Ryan Ashley Malarkey

Malarkey was born on April 29, 1987, in northeast Pennsylvania. As a child, she was always drawn to the arts. She graduated from the Fashion Institute of Technology in 2007 with a degree in Fashion Design. Additionally, she was the Critic’s Choice award winner of her class.

After graduation, she went to live in New York City. She worked as a designer and artist for a private label clothing company while living there. In 2011, she left the city to return home and pursue tattooing full-time.

Then she became an apprentice at a private studio for one year before opening her own shop. Currently, she co-owns and operated The Strange & Unusual Oddities Parlor in Kingston, Pa. Her tattoo studio is private and she only takes customers by appointment. The studio doubles as a store for odd items such as baboon busts, bug collections, and occult trappings.

Ink Master


When Malarkey landed a spot in Season 8 of Ink Master is when her career really blew up. She was the first female to ever win the competition.

After winning, she became one of the stars to appear on the spin-off show Ink Master: Angels. The show also stars three other competitors from Season 8 of Ink Master: Kelly Doty, Gia Rose, and Nikki Simpson. The four women tour the country and hold tattoo competitions in different cities. This allows local artists to showcase their skills as well, competing for a spot on the next season of Ink Master. 

Recognition and Awards

In addition to her work on Ink Masters and its spinoff, Malarkey was featured in Inked Magazine’s June/July 2015 issue as well as the same issue of Freshly Inked. She has also earned a number of awards related to her work as a tattoo artist.

Atlantic City Tattoo Expo 2016 awards

  • 2nd place large black and grey
  • 2nd place medium black and grey

Philadelphia Tattoo Arts Convention 2016 awards

  • 2nd place XL black and grey
  • 3rd place XL black and grey

Pagoda City Tattoo Festival 2016 awards

  • Best small black and gray
  • Best large black and gray

Skindustry Allentown Expo 2015 awards

  • 1st place large black and grey
  • 1st place medium black and grey
  • 3rd place large black and grey
  • 3rd place medium black and grey

NEPA Tattoo Arts Fest 2015 

  • 1st place large black and gray
  • 1st place small black and gray
  • 2nd place hand or foot
  • 2nd place best sleeve

Philadelphia Tattoo Convention 2015 awards

  • 1st place male large black and gray
  • 2nd place male medium black and gray
  • 3rd place male XL black and gray

United Ink 2014 NY Tattoo expo

  • 3rd place male large black and gray

Meeting of the Marked 2014 Pittsburg Convention

  • 1st place large black and gray
  • 2nd place large black and gray

Skindustry Allentown expo 2014

  • 1st place large black and gray
  • 1st place medium black and gray
  • 2nd place large black and gray
  • 3rd place medium black and gray

NEPA Tattoo Arts Fest 2014

  • 1st place large black and gray
  • 1st place small black and gray
  • 2nd place large black and gray
  • 3rd place large black and gray

Although Malarkey has had an extremely successful tattooing career, not many tattooers are billionaires. So, how much is Ryan Ashley worth?

Ryan Ashley Malarkey’s Net Worth

There isn’t a ton of information about Ryan Ashley Malarkey’s net worth on the internet. Given the amount Malarkey has won through Ink Master and the increased exposure it brought her, it is fair to say her net worth is sitting around $2 million or so. Her earnings have stemmed directly from work shes’s done. The main sources of income from Malarkey are as follows…

  • The payout from Ink Master
  • Salary from Ink Master: Angels
  • Price money from tattoo competitions
  • Earnings from her tattoo shop (she makes hundreds an hour per tattoo)
  • Value of her tattoo shop (co-owned by her boyfriend)

Outside of direct earnings from these sources, Malarkey doesn’t have a ton of assets or additional income to contribute to her net worth. She currently lives in Back Mountain, Pa. with her boyfriend Joshua. They have two dogs.

Although her net worth isn’t extremely high and she’s no A-list celebrity, Malarkey has been able to make a name for herself in the tattoo world. There’s no sign of her dropping out any time soon either!

Photo: Instagram

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