Happy 90th Birthday, Stan Lee! Discover the Secrets of His Most Unforgettable Characters (GALLERY)

Talk about a true superhero! Stan “The Man” Lee, the living legend, turns 90 on Friday.

From creating a majority of our favorite comic book characters of the Marvel Universe — do Spiderman and the Hulk ring a bell? — to changing the face of comics forever, Lee’s a major force to be reckoned with…and is still going strong nine decades later.

 

Besides making the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, and Thor household names with his thrilling plots, Lee also added a twist of humanity to each of his characters, giving them emotions and an essential flaw, and, thus, going against the traditional comic book standards.

 

Forever young at heart, Lee spearheaded the expansion of Marvel Comics, taking the small publishing company and turning it into the large multimedia corporation it is today.  Not to mention he’s had cameos in more superhero films than anybody else—that’s what you get for making the characters come to life.

To celebrate the big (and we mean big) 9-0, check out our gallery of Lee’s most unforgettable characters — and enjoy a whole lotta super-hero trivia!

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Chris Hemsworth, Daniel Craig, George Clooney: Hunks Who Got Their Start in Sci-Fi/Fantasy Films (PHOTOS)

Of all the harsh realities made clear by the gender gap, perhaps the truest is that – as of this Friday – girlfriends everywhere will be dragged reluctantly to see The Hobbit. This time, however, Peter Jackson’s journey through Middle Earth has been stripped of its eye-candy, swapping Orlando Bloom and Viggo Mortensen for a handful of dwarves, Dr. Watson and a geezer. While the movie will no doubt be epic, the real scenery will undoubtedly be just that: the actual scenery.

All of which made us consider just how many dramatic, respected and handsome leading men – prime examples of non-nerd masculinity – actually made some of their biggest breakthroughs in sci-fi, fantasy and all-around geek adventures. Read on to find out…

Click here to launch the gallery of gorgeous leading men who made their bones in genre movies.

Many of the actors on Celebuzz’ list certainly had credits prior to their turns in fantasy films – Mortensen worked steadily as a supporting player for more than a decade before striking paydirt with the Lord of the Rings series, for example.

And although many of them have gone on to even greater glories, they first became popular in the public consciousness because of these projects. On the other hand, some of them may never surpass the success they enjoyed with these films and film series. But as cinephiles and avid filmgoers, we’re only too happy to celebrate – and maybe in a few cases, reintroduce – the sci-fi-, horror and fantasy films that helped the world fall in love with them.

Which of these hunks is your favorite — or which appeared in your favorite fantasy film? Keep the discussion going in the comments section after watching the theatrical trailer for The Hobbit below!

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Taylor Lautner fancies Jessica Alba.

The Twilight actor admits he’s always had a crush on the Fantastic Four star. “I really haven’t lost it, it’s still there,” Lautner said of his crush. “She’s still hot. She’s unfortunately still married and unfortunately still has a kid but it’s alright. She’s still hot.”

Lautner has been linked to Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Lily Collins.

The actor recently spoke about his relationship with his Twilight costars Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson — revealing they’ll all be friends “forever”.

“My parting gifts were our friendships, lifelong friendships. We all get along great. We’re definitely going to continue spending time together. Whether we’re promoting these movies or whatever,” he said.

“There were tears on the last days, from everyone. I was the one who predicted it was actually going to be emotional on the last day.”