Margie Comics #46, with a cover date of June 1947 (#36), holds a significant place in comic history as it features the earliest appearance of the legendary Stan Lee, who would later become one of the most influential figures in the industry. At this time, Stan Lee was serving as Editor-in-Chief.

Stan Lee’s journey into the world of comics began at a remarkably young age. Born Stanley Martin Lieber, he entered the realm of Timely Comics (later known as Marvel Comics) as a teenager, working as an assistant for publisher Martin Goodman when he was just 16 years old. Due to his dedication and talent, he swiftly climbed the ranks and was appointed interim editor by the young age of 19 in 1942.

Stork Club’s Cub Room, November 1944. From left-Orson Welles (with cigar), Margaret Sullavan with husband, owner Sherman Billingsley (center table at far right), Morton Downey (at right).

It’s evident that the staff at Timely enjoyed incorporating now 24-year-old Stan Lee into their creative endeavors. In a playful nod to his rising status within the company, they immortalized him within the pages of Margie Comics #46, where he takes on the role of himself, sharing a fictional date with the titular character, Margie.

Readers of the comic are treated to a charming exchange between Stan and Margie as they embark on their imagined outing to the Stork Club, a renowned hotspot of the era.

“You may inform Mister Lee that Margie is here to see him!” “Where are we going mister Lee?”  “Just call me Stan!  I have a table reserved at the Stork Club.” “I’ll bet all the celebrities come here!”  

Indeed, “with great power comes great responsibility!”

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Margie Comics #49

Margie Comics #49

Margie, the delightful character featured in Margie Comics #46, was created and illustrated by Morris S. Weiss, a talented artist known for his work on various teen-comedy and working gal titles published by Timely Comics during the late 1940s. Weiss’s portfolio included beloved characters such as Millie, Tessie, Nellie, Hedy and Patsy, each contributing to the vibrant tapestry of Timely’s diverse comic book offerings.  Margie Comics, running from 1946 through 1949 for a total of 15 issues.  My other issue, #49* from December 1949.

 

* Sold Copy