NEW YORK – Father of superheroes Stan Lee, who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk who now dominate the world’s movie screens, has died. He was 95 years old.
Lee, the face of comic book culture in the United States, died early Monday in Los Angeles after suffering a number of illnesses in recent years.
“With a heavy heart, we share our deepest condolences with his daughter and brother,” said Marvel Comics and its owner The Walt Disney Company in a statement.
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We honor and remember the creator, voice, and champion of Marvel… Every time you open a Marvel comic, Stan will be there.”
The New Yorker, known for his distinctive tinted glasses and impish grin, ended up in the comics business by accident, thanks to an uncle who got him a job when he was a teenager filling artists’ inkwells and fetching coffee.
“I felt someday I’d write the ‘Great American Novel’ and I didn’t want to use my real name on these silly little comics,” Lee once said, explaining why he had forsaken his given name, Stanley Lieber.
Lee rose through the ranks to become a comics writer, making millions of superhero fans dream of his fantastic universes and humans with extraordinary powers, and eventually led the Marvel empire for decades as its publisher.
From Spidey to Black Panther to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, Lee collaborated with other authors and illustrators to put his lively imagination on the page.
Iron Man, Thor, and Doctor Strange would follow, and today, all three heroes have multi-film franchises that rake in hundreds of millions of dollars.
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His creations gave us different perspective, His characters taughts us to see the world not as it but as it can be, So thank you sir @stanlee for all these good unforgettable memories . and its really sad that we won’t see you in camoes anymore . THIS IS VERY SAD NEWS FOR ALL MARVEL ADDICTS …WE RESPECT YOU SIR AND YOUR WORK .AND ALWAYS MISS YOU … Rest in peace💙 Miss you 😧😢 #restinpeace #marvel #stanlee #RIP ____________ Tags ___________ #face_of_lie #tinytales #microfiction#quotestags #quotestagram #innervoicewf#quotesaboutlove #quotesaboutlife#microtale #tale #wordgasm#quotesofinstagram #writersofig #typewriter#writings #quotesandsayings #lifequotes#instawriters #inspiringquotes#millionaremindset #successquotes#thegoodquote #dailyquotes #igquotes#nanotale #writerscommunity
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created,” said Disney CEO Bob Iger. “A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect.”
His wife Joan passed away in 2017 due to stroke-related complications. He is survived by his daughter Joan Celia “J. C.” Lee.
Lee prided himself on having a friendly rapport with fans and would answer questions in the letters pages with a personable and exuberant style, signing his correspondences with his signature phrase, “Excelsior!”
You will be missed Spiderman creator Stan Lee. Rest In Peace!