Our friendly neighborhood web-crawler has been seen on occasion, swinging uptown. Coincidence? Probably not! See, the GW Bridge was the backdrop to a young Jewish kid that resided on Ft. Washington Ave., Washington Heights in the earlier part of the 20th Century. This kid, born Stanley Marting Leiber mutated into the “Master of the Mighty Marvel Universe”, STAN LEE. Stan became the man of Marvel by becoming the creator of tales and pop culture icons such as Spider-man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, X-Men, and much more….
Lee was born to Romanian-born Jewish immigrant parents, Celia (Solomon) and Jack Lieber, on the corner of West 98th Street and West End Avenue in Manhattan. It was around the time of the Great Depression, that Lee’s family decided to move further uptown to the cheaper Manhattan neighborhood of Washington Heights. According to Stan Lee, in a NY Times slide show, “This building was located near Fort Washington Park, which was a great place to play. On Saturdays I could walk from it to the Loews theater on 175th Street and Broadway. They had a matinee there, with a man named Lou (I forget his last name), who played a huge organ before the movie started. That was a big treat for us kids.”
So when you see the GW Bridge in the classic, The Amazing Spider-Man #121-122 (June-July 1973), “The Night Gwen Stacy Died“- that features Spider-Man’s fight against his archnemesis, the Green Goblin, who kidnapped his girlfriend Gwen Stacy and lured him to the George Washington Bridge-know that it may not have been by chance.
Thanks Stan! For being the Man with a Marvel-ous Plan!