Stan Lee's Morbid (But Funny) Realization About His Fame

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The Marvel legend turned 95 on Thursday, and numerous superhero actors wished him well.

Stan Lee has a great sense of humor.

Always one to crack jokes, especially when visiting late-night talk shows, the Marvel legend in 1996 told Conan O'Brien a somewhat dark but funny (Lee thought it was hilarious) anecdote about his self-realization of fame.

Lee, who celebrated his 95th birthday on Thursday, explained that in his early days he worked for a newspaper, cutting his teeth by preparing obituaries for celebrities who were in their twilight years.

"When a celebrity dies, about 15 minutes later, the newspaper comes out and there are about three pages of write-ups about them, and you wonder how did they write it that fast?" Lee told O'Brien. "It's all there in advance."

Lee then shared his fame realization.

"I'd love to think my obituary is on file somewhere," Lee said, laughing. "Then I'd know I made it. I don't want to see it too soon, but that's how I'd know I made it."

Numerous actors who play Marvel heroes on the big screen, including Chris Evans, Don Cheadle and Mark Ruffalo, wished the comic book godfather a happy birthday via Twitter.

Lee has made a cameo in nearly every modern Marvel movie. He also had a cameo on The Incredible Hulk TV series.