Stan Lee, arguably the most famous name in comic books and a legendary American cultural icon, has died at age 95. The writer, editor, and publisher at Marvel Comics had a lengthy career spanning numerous decades and gave the world such famous characters as Iron Man, Spiderman, Black Panther among many others.
Lee died Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for his daughter, JC Lee.
Stan Lee began his career in 1939 and led to the revival of the American comic book in the 1960s by introducing a more sophisticated version of the medium, including more action packed stories, complex characters, and smarter dialogues.
Lee’s work reshaped the comic book industry and transformed Marvel into the world’s biggest comic book publisher. Once the company was acquired by Disney in 2009, the acquisition led to the creation of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and numerous box office topping movies. The biggest of these was Avengers: Infinity War, which is currently among the top 5 highest grossing films of all time. These movies helped spread Lee’s work across the globe, giving people everywhere a chance to experience the imaginative world he had created.
Despite all of his successes, Lee remained humble, caring, and genuine.
And those that knew Stan Lee greatly respected that aspect of him.
There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018
Lee is survived by his daughter JC and brother Larry Lieber, a writer and artist for Marvel. Following his death, JC said of her father, “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”
A family statement on his death was released noting:
“J.C. Lee and all of Stan Lee’s friends and colleagues want to thank all of his fans and well-wishers for their kind words and condolences. Stan was an icon in his field. His fans loved him and his desire to interact with them. He loved his fans and treated them with the same respect and love they gave him.”
“He worked tirelessly his whole life creating great characters for the world to enjoy. He wanted to inspire our imagination and for us to all use it to make the world a better place. His legacy will live on forever.”
Rest in peace Stan, you will be greatly missed.
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