Marvel Comics Icon and Legendary Comic Book Writer Stan Lee Dead at 95
Legendary comic book artist Stan Lee is dead at the ripe old age of 95 years old.
Known as the co-creator of iconic superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man and the X-Men, Lee lived a colorful life and helped establish Marvel as one of the biggest media companies in the world.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, the comic book icon’s death was confirmed by her daughter J.C. Lee, along with her lawyer, Kirk Schenck.
Lee is considered to be one of the most influential people in the comic book industry, as he spearheaded “adult” oriented themes in comics. Before Marvel, usual comic book superheroes are mostly good and proper.
But when Lee started to become a prominent voice in Marvel Comics, superheroes started to become more “human-like,” facing human problems, despite their superpowers.
For example, Peter Parker AKA Spider-Man is known for his tumultuous dating life, as well as constant financial problems, being a photographer for a tabloid newspaper.
On the other hand, Tony Stark or Iron Man may be a genius, playboy, billionaire, philanthropist, but is always on the verge of a full-blown substance abuse problem, as well as problematic decision making that led to a superhero civil war.
Lee’s influence and legacy cannot be understated, as many figures have paid their respects to the late artist.
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige paid his respects and said, “No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee.”
He added that, “Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family and the millions of fans who have been forever touched by Stan’s genius, charisma and heart.”
For all his contributions, Lee used to doubt the importance of his work. He said, “I used to think what I did was not very important. People are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes. But I suppose I have come to realize that entertainment is not easily dismissed.”
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