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Ask any true believer and they will tell you that Stan Lee is one of our nation's most precious resources. Hell, ask Stan and he'll be very happy to tell you that himself. And as hard as it is to believe given how spry and witty he still is, Stan "The Man" just celebrated his 90th birthday.

So what better time than now to look back as Lee's greatest contribution to American culture: His movie cameos.

Oh, sure, some people might argue that Lee co-creating characters like Spider-Man, Daredevil, The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and The Avengers is more of a contribution than a bunch of brief inside jokes. But for many fans, Stan's short, random appearances in Marvel superhero movies are the main reason to head to the theater. Want proof? "Iron Man 3" is expected to be one of the biggest hits of »

- Scott Harris

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