Stan Lee’s influence over comic books is incalculable. Several of his co-creations–including Spider-Man, X-Men and Iron Man–have led to monster movie hits, helping to establish Marvel Comics as the leader of the comic book industry.
In 2008, President Bush presented Lee with a National Medal of the Arts in recognition of his incredible career. Stan is currently developing movie and television projects with his company, POW! Entertainment, while still proudly bearing the title of Marvel’s Chairman Emeritus., besides this Stan Lee is all set to enter the era of television, as a TV co-host of the series ‘Superhumans’ along with Daniel Browning Smith, who is said to be most flexible man in the world.
Prior to this series, Stan Lee has been a guest on many shows like ‘The Simpsons’, ‘the Big Bang Theory.’ And he has also being the host of this own reality show based on superheroes which was called ‘Who Wants to be a Superhero?’ which ran for a couple of seasons.
Electro Man: Rajmohan Nair: Kollam, India: Can anyone really be immune to electrocution? Rumor has it that Rajmohan Nair possesses this unique power. Just one tenth of an amp can kill an ordinary person, but Daniel Browning Smith witnesses Nair passing more than 30 times that amount through his body and emerging completely unscathed.
The Human Calculator: Scott Flansburg: San Diego, California: Scott Flansburg is known as the human calculator because he can add, subtract, multiply, divide and even calculate square and cube roots in his head. He does this faster than anyone on earth and with astonishing accuracy. Using cutting-edge technology, Daniel Browning Smith uncovers the amazing secret behind Flansburg’s superpower.
Radar: Juan Ruiz: Los Angeles, California: Blind from birth, Juan Ruiz–much like Daredevil–visualizes the world through a form of sonar that resembles echolocation, a technique used by bats and dolphins.
Super Strength: Dennis Rogers: Houston, Texas: Dennis Rogers is an unlikely strongman. A former high school weakling, he still stands at just 5’6”, but pound for pound he’s the strongest man in the world. He uses his sheer strength to achieve superhuman feats, including bending hammers and horseshoes. Daniel Browning Smith investigates Rogers’ incredible talent at a human performance lab to unravel the mystery behind it.
Quick Draw: Bob Munden: Las Vegas, USA: Bob Munden, the planet's swiftest gunslinger, is rumored to be faster than the blink of an eye. Even at these incredible speeds his accuracy is second to none. He claims he can even shoot an aspirin off a nail head from 30 feet away. Bob holds just about every world record in every fast draw category he competes in. Using electromyography and the fastest camera technology in the world, Daniel investigates whether his speed goes beyond what science says is humanly possible.
Heat Wave: Timo Kaukonen: Helsinki, Finland: Finland's Timo Kaukonen is a World Sauna Champion. That means he regularly pushes his body to the limits of heat endurance. For example, he's capable of withstanding 16 sweltering minutes in temperatures hot enough to boil water. In Finland, most households have saunas, which are known for their health benefits. Timo grew up enjoying the ritual of a daily sauna. He would stay in the sweltering heat for longer periods of time than any of his friends or family members, who were amazed by his extraordinary staying power. Daniel investigates Timo's skin to find out if he has a genetic difference that sets him apart.
Ultimate Fighter: Shi Yan Ming: New York, USA: Raised in a 1,500-year-old monastery, warrior monk Shi Yan Ming made waves by moving to New York City in 1992, becoming the first Shaolin monk in history to defect from China. He did this in order to pass the Shaolin philosophy on to the world. Shi Yan Ming's message is quite simple: "Life is beautiful…. Be honest with yourself and train harder."
In 1994, Shi Yan Ming founded the USA Shaolin Temple. The temple teaches Chan philosophy, also known as action meditation, continuing a tradition developed by Bodhidharma (Putidamo) in the year 527. Based in New York City, the USA Shaolin Temple has branches in Austria, Mexico, South Africa, Chile, Trinidad and Tobago and Argentina. Shi Yan Ming is currently pursuing his dream of expanding it to accommodate more pupils, including students from other countries.
Shi Yan Ming is just 5 feet 3 inches, but by harnessing the power of Qi-or vital energy-he's taken Bruce Lee's infamous "one-inch punch" to a new level. Using car crash technology, Daniel seeks to determine whether Shi Yen Ming has the deadliest punch on the planet.
Splash: Darren Taylor: Denver, USA: With more than 25 years of professional diving experience, Colorado's "Professor Splash"(otherwise known as Darren Taylor) is a world champion high diver. Professor Splash has taken the art of shallow water diving to a new level, and has traveled the world breaking records and entertaining millions. He holds eight world records in five countries and is considered the greatest stunt diver in the world. Daniel tries to determine how a man can survive a 35-foot belly flop into just one foot of water.
Ultra Marathon Man: Dean Karnazes: San Francisco, USA: Dean Karnazes was an average beer-guzzling Joe, stuck in a job he hated and sick of the rat race. Then, while celebrating his 30th birthday at a bar, he suddenly decided to walk out the door and go for a 30-mile run. That moment changed his life forever.
As an ultramarathon runner, Dean runs distances far beyond a normal marathon and often in grueling environments--including 146 miles in the 120-degree heat of Death Valley and the 40--below temperatures of the South Pole.
In 2005, Dean ran nonstop for over 80 hours and 44 minutes, and in 2006 he ran 50 marathons in 50 states in 50 days. Then, after he’d finished that, he ran the 1,300 miles back to the start.
Dean's life-changing story and incredible endurance have inspired thousands to get off the sofa and hit the open road. He has also been voted one the "Top 100 Most Influential People in the World" by TIME magazine.
Dean's ability to just keep on running defies human biology. Daniel Browning Smith joins him on a 12-hour dawn-to-dusk run through Marin County to find out how Dean's body is able to endure levels of exhaustion and fatigue that would defeat an ordinary person.
The Human Anvil: John Ferraro: Boston, USA: Professional Wrestler John Ferraro, a.k.a Gino Martino, is rumored to have an indestructible head. He claims to have discovered the superhuman strength of his skull while chasing his younger brother around the house. He tripped and fell head-first into an oak door, knocking it off its hinges. John now claims his extraordinarily sturdy skull can withstand blows, including impacts from sledgehammers, bowling balls and even jackhammers that would leave others unconscious or worse. But is it all just a clever illusion?
Future Man: Chris Robinson: Edinburgh, Scotland: Chris Robinson claims to have incredible powers like that of the Marvel comic book character Destiny: He believes that his dreams are a window into the future. Chris says he began dreaming of the future in 1986, when he dreamt about a radioactive cloud heading towards London. Two days later, the Chernobyl disaster happened, sending a radioactive plume over most of Europe. From then on, Chris says, he found he could ask the dreams questions, and he started predicting major world events before they occurred--including 9/11.
The Human Orchestra: Kenny Muhammad: New York, USA: Kenny Muhammad of New York is said to be one of the planet's greatest beat boxers. His unique ability to simultaneously produce and overlay multiple wind, string and percussion effects with just his voice and vocal tract has earned him the nickname of the "Human Orchestra."
Kenny's remarkable ability allows him to break musical stereotypes, and he has collaborated with well-known classical composers and conductors to combine the raw energy of beat boxing with the classical power of a real orchestra. This wizard of sound possesses an astounding ability that enables him to simultaneously generate an entire orchestra of sounds from his mouth.
But the speed, precision and clarity of the sound effects Kenny is able to generate shouldn’t be humanly possible. Daniel investigates how he can create sounds unlike any other human on the planet.
The Man Who Feels No Pain: Tim Cridland: New York, USA: Tim Cridland claims to be able to switch off pain. His seemingly superhuman ability to go beyond normal pain thresholds by impaling himself with skewers--and causing little or no bleeding--is nothing short of extraordinary. From an early age, Tim was fascinated by the images he saw of Indian fakirs lying on beds of nails and piecing their muscles or skin with sharp skewers. Determined to learn their secret, Tim studied their ancient techniques and now claims to have mastered the power of mind over matter. He claims to not only block out the perception of extreme pain, but also to prevent his body from bleeding as he impales his arms and throat with sharpened bicycle spokes. Tim believes there is little can't withstand through meditation. Daniel puts him to the test to try and find out whether Tim is truly superhuman.
The Human Jukebox: Derek Paravicini: London, England: Derek Paravicini is a blind, autistic, 30-year-old British man with an incredible superhuman gift. He can remember and accurately replay any song he ever hears. When he was a child, Derek became fascinated by sounds and began playing every sound he heard as a musical note. Unable to read Braille, Derek started to learn music by treating it like a vocabulary. Derek is known as a savant, one of just a few known cases in the world. This means that his brain seems unable to process simple tasks but excels in one specific area. Daniel investigates Derek’s musical genius and the amazing power of the human brain.
Ultimate Climber: Jyothi Rai: Chitradurga, India: Jyothi Rai is known as India's very own Spiderman-scaling walls at an unbelievable speed. Jyothi has always had a passion for climbing. Growing up, he saw troops of monkeys swinging through the forests near his home. Taking inspiration from these agile animals, he began climbing up scaffolding while working on a building site. It was here that he perfected his climbing techniques. After discovering that his spider-like climbing abilities drew in crowds of onlookers, Jyothi started to push himself further by climbing higher and higher structures, always without a net or safety rope. Today, he is able to run up a six-story structure in a matter of seconds.
Speed Bump: Tom Owen: Birmingham, USA: In 2009 in Milan, nine trucks weighing a total of 30,000 pounds ran over American bodybuilder Tom Owen in quick succession, a fitting feat for the man known as the "Human Speed Bump."
Now 63 years old, Tom has dedicated his life to bodybuilding and power lifting, but it's the unique strength of his stomach and abdominal muscles that may earn him superhuman status.
Tom can apparently withstand the crushing force of heavyweight trucks driving over his stomach. However, this is not without serious risk: In the past, Tom has had his leg and ribs broken, punctured his lungs and was almost crushed to death when a truck remained on his stomach too long. Daniel witnesses this amazing spectacle of strength firsthand.
Ultimate Diver: Patrick Musimu: Bonaire, Dutch Caribbean: Patrick Musimu of Belgium is able to dive down 656 feet on a single breath. He has a lung capacity of 9 liters and can hold his breath for more than eight minutes and 33 seconds.
Inspired by Stan Lee's own Aqua Man, Patrick believes there is no limit to how far he can push his ability to withstand the enormous pressures associated with such depths.
Patrick began diving in 1999 at the age of 28 after reading a magazine article about free divers; from then on he decided he wanted to become one of these "dolphin men."
He quickly got frustrated with traditional free diving techniques and started to explore other ways to push the sport forward. After researching how seals dive, he decided to try using seawater to equalize the pressure in his inner ear; normally, divers use air for this purpose.
Patrick started this revolutionary process by using a syringe to force seawater up his nose. Once he got past the pain of opening his sinuses in this way, he discovered that he was able to use this technique to dive even deeper.
On June 30, 2005, he exceeded the previous "No Limit" world record in free diving by almost 40 meters, diving to a depth of 209 meters without the use of any breathing apparatus. For Patrick, extreme deep free diving is an adventure and not just a sport.
Mind Force: Miroslaw Magola: Brighton, England: Like the Marvel comic character Hellion, Miroslaw Magola, originally from Poland and now living in Germany, claims to be able to harness the power of psychokinesis to lift objects off the floor, transport them through the air and force them to stick to his body.
In 1988, Miroslaw began experimenting with yoga and meditation. He felt that the brain was an unused "sense," subdued by modern life and overloaded with information. He wanted to develop his mental ability by practicing psychokinesis. After experimenting with different techniques, he discovered that metallic and other objects started sticking to his skin.
Miroslaw now uses his power to try and show others that the mind is capable of things beyond our understanding. He has been the subject of several scientific studies. To see if Miroslaw is a genuine superhuman, Daniel investigates what's going on in his brain while he performs these amazing mental feats.
The Wolf Man: Shaun Ellis: Devon, England: Feared for their aggression and territoriality, wolf packs can take down an animal 10 times their size. But, unbelievably, it's rumored that, Shaun Ellis of the UK has become wolf-like--by living, sleeping, bathing and feeding with a deadly pack of wolves.
As a child, Shaun was fascinated by nature and preferred exploring the local countryside to playing with his friends. By observing foxes and wild animals at night, he learned how to use his sense of smell and sound to navigate.
Although he was initially frightened of wolves, Shaun soon became obsessed with how these canine predators live as a family. As wolf populations around the world declined, Shaun made it his mission to research them in hopes of helping people understand more about their way of life.
In 2005, Shaun spent 18 months living in captivity with a pack of gray wolves in an effort to become part of the pack. His hope was that, by immersing himself in their world, he would be able to dispel myths and compile research about these fiercely territorial animals.
Since then, Shaun has dedicated his life to studying and living with wolves and has learned to communicate with them through scent and sound. He currently lives directly outside the wolf enclosure at Combe Martin Wildlife Park in North Devon, England, so that he is in close proximity to the wolves at all times.
Shaun has said about wolves, "Although many people refer to wolves as savage killers, I've come to know and love them as family." Daniel witnesses this affinity firsthand as Shaun takes a 50-pound calf carcass into a den full of hungry, snarling wolves.
Super Balance: Eskil Ronningsbakken: Trondheim, Norway: Eskil Ronningsbakken of Norway appears to have a superhuman ability to switch off fear, enabling him to override the innate reactions our brain would normally have in the face of deadly heights.
Eskil is a balance artist who has honed his skills since childhood. After watching an Indian yogi doing yoga on television, he became fascinated by the amount of control he displayed over his body.
Eskil discovered he had a natural tolerance for working at heights and for balancing. This led him to join a circus and perform high-wire stunts around the world. Before long, however, this didn't prove to be enough of a challenge, so he started to test out his balancing abilities at extreme heights.
Eskil has now completed some of the most death-defying balances in the world, including a handstand on a pole suspended from a hot air balloon. He does not believe in using a safety net or harness; rather, he is totally reliant on his fear control and balancing skills.
Eskil’s next mission is to balance at the top of the world's tallest structure: the 2,717-foot Burj Khalifa in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Daniel tests Eskil's heart to find out what sets this master of fear and balance apart, and witnesses an incredible demonstration as Eskil balances upside down on three chairs inches from a 1,000-foot drop--with no safety net.
Modern Samurai: Isao Machii: Los Angeles, USA: Isao Machii of Japan is a real-life modern-day samurai who started honing his unbelievable sword skills when he was a child. He was taught by an old master from the age of 5 and has now graduated to become the headmaster of a samurai school. Isao Machii's sword skills have become so accurate that he claims he can slice a tiny pellet in half when shot at him from a BB gun. All of this action happens at such an incredible speed that it is almost impossible for the human eye to register. In order to capture this amazing feat on screen, Daniel uses one of the world's most sophisticated high-speed cameras for slow-motion analysis.
The Human Bee Hive: Dr. Norman Gary: Sacramento, USA: Dr. Norman Gary has a very unique ability: He can control an entire swarm of hundreds of thousands of bees. To prove this, Norman summons a swarm of bees to cover his body like a living suit. If just one bee stings him, it will trigger a stinging frenzy that could be fatal. Norman was a professor of etymology in California for 32 years. During that time, he became what he described as a "bee wrangler" and has used his skills in the entertainment world: training bees to perform in action scenes in movies, television shows and commercials.
Extreme Escape: Steve Santini: Cornwall, Canada: Ever since reading about Houdini at the age of 14, Steve Santini has been fascinated by escapology and how the human mind reacts when faced with extreme danger. Steve has followed in Houdini's footsteps by putting himself in harm’s way with real escape attempts--not illusions. Most humans would be paralyzed by fear when faced with such danger. Can Steve truly demonstrate the dexterity and ultimate body control needed to escape these life-threatening situations unharmed?
Crash Test Dummy: Rusty Haight: Las Vegas, USA: As a human crash test dummy, Rusty Haight puts his life on the line and has been in over a 1,000 car crashes. Statistically, Rusty should be in a wheelchair. While working as a police crash investigator, Rusty realized that many law enforcement officers have to deal with serious road traffic accidents without any prior training. So he started teaching the methods he had picked up from years of crash studies. However, he soon felt that in order for enforcement officers to really learn how to respond to these stressful situations, he would need to recreate real-life crash scenarios during training. To achieve this, Rusty started crashing the cars himself and soon gained a reputation as the man who willingly crashes cars at speed for a living.
Anti-Venom: Tim Friede: Wisconsin, USA: Tim Friede has made himself into a human guinea pig by allowing some of the world's deadliest snakes to bite him and recording the results, in a quest to help reduce the 20,000 deaths that are caused by snakebites throughout the world each year. Tim received his first snake bite age 5 from a garter snake. From that moment on he developed a passion for herpetology, which is the study of reptiles and amphibians. Tim works at a python farm in Fond Du Lac, Wisconsin. It's here that he regularly injects snake venom directly into his blood. He even claims to be able to survive the deadly bite of the black mamba, one of the most venomous snakes in the world.
Man of Steel: Dan Meyer: Birmingham, USA: Dan Meyer hails from Alabama, where he reigns as one of the best sword swallowers in the world. Dan claims that being a sword swallower is no party trick and that the secret actually lies in his superhuman ability to control his body's automatic responses to the sword being pushed down his throat. His near-death experience, when he punctured his stomach while swallowing seven swords at once, demonstrated what happens when you lose control over these muscles. Dan says that he's able to swallow 15-inch razors, hedge clippers and even curved blades that nudge his heart out of the way as they pass by. Daniel investigates Dan's body to see what sets this man apart.
Rubber Band Man: Gary Turner: London, England: Garry Turner discovered his extraordinary ability to stretch his skin when he was just 4 years old. His uncle was so impressed that he would show him off to his friends, earning Garry the title "Rubber Band Man." In Victorian times he would have been put in a freak show but today we have a much better understanding of why people like Garry are different. Garry has a rare genetic mutation known as Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, which alters the way collagen is structured in his body. This can affect people in many different ways, but in Garry, it has given him the stretchiest skin on the planet.
Rocket Man: Yves Rossey: Geneva, Switzerland: Yves Rossey claims to have realized everybody's dream of flying. He first piloted aircraft when he joined the Swiss army at 18, and quickly progressed to piloting supersonic jet fighters. He now flies airliners but devotes his spare time to chasing his dream of powered flight--without the use of a plane. Using a wing strapped to his body, Yves steers using microscopic adjustments of his body. The thing that sets him apart is that he doesn't just glide: his body is the fuselage, allowing him to fly upwards and in formation with other aircraft. Even the tiniest error would result in disaster. Stan Lee sends Daniel Browning Smith to Switzerland to investigate how Yves accomplishes this feat and whether he's the first person in the world to do so.
Human Stun Gun: Tom Cameron: Chicago, USA: After being held at gunpoint when he was in high school, Tom Cameron, a.k.a. the "Human Stun Gun," decided to find a non-conventional way of fighting back. By learning Eastern martial arts and meditation, Tom taught himself to harness the inner life force, or chi. Chi is a mystical power that goes against the laws of Western science, focusing on pressure points in the body. Tom now claims to be able to deliver a death touch, knocking a man out cold with just a gentle strike. He teaches this ancient art form to students. Pushing credibility to the max, Daniel investigates whether Tom can really knock a man to the ground without any physical contact.
Jaws of Steel: Salim Haini: Marrakech, Morocco: Salim Haini, a 25-year-old Algerian, has been dubbed the "Man Who Eats Anything." His incredible gastronomical feats include munching his way through candles, plastic, strip lights, sawdust, nails and newspapers. Salim first discovered his ability to eat anything as a teenager, while fasting during the holy month of Ramadan. He began to eat whatever he could get his hands on for breakfast. Salim soon became a local celebrity in Algeria and was invited to weddings and parties so people could witness his insatiable appetite for the bizarre.
Super Memory: Ron White: Austin, USA: Ron White calls himself a "brain athlete." But he's not your average memory master, despite earning the title of U.S. Memory Champion. This Navy veteran was a high school dropout until he discovered his amazing talent.
In 1992, Ron enrolled in a memory class and noticed that not only did he have a passion for this skill, but that he could also beat everyone in the class. Since then he has trained up to six hours a day to turn his brain into a supercomputer, able to memorize and recall data at record speeds.
Ron says the key to his training is to be distracted while memorizing things; this gives his brain incredible focus. For example, to become the U.S. Memory Champion he memorized cards while snorkeling, and recently he has been memorizing cards while jogging. He has even trained while at major league baseball games.
Ron currently teaches memory techniques to people all over the United Sates but still hasn't met anyone who comes close to his abilities. During conferences, he manages to learn the names of everyone in the audience that he has shaken hands with-up to 200 people. Ron’s next challenge is to break the world record for most decks of cards memorized: an unbelievable 60 packs, randomly shuffled, that he can only look at once.
G-Force: Greg Poe: Florida, USA: Was Greg Poe born with the ability to withstand the greatest amount of g-force on earth? Greg was born in Boise, Idaho. He earned his pilot's license in his teens and began aerobatics soon after. He is now one of the most respected spin instructors in the world.
Greg worked as a test pilot for aircraft manufacturers, and has flown the fastest planes in the world. Fighter pilots are trained to withstand 9 Gs, but for that they need special suits to prevent blood being forced from their brain and causing unconsciousness.
Greg takes Daniel on a supersonic white-knuckle flight to experience 3 or 4 Gs of force. But Greg claims he can take an incredible 12 Gs, and Daniel investigates whether this is even possible.