A true comic legend has left us — TMZ is reporting that Marvel’s Stan Lee has passed away at the age of 95.

  • Stan Lee is a name that’s been known to comic book fans for decades.
  • As the face of Marvel Comics, he’s also had a hand in creating dozens of iconic characters.
  • Lee was born on December 28,1922 in New York.
  • In 1939, he was hired as an office assistant at Timely Comics, which company would evolve into Marvel.
  • Lee made his writing debut in the May 1941 issue of Captain America Comics #3 with a prose story, “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge.”
  • Lee teamed up with Jack Kirby to create The Fantastic Four in 1961. He would later co-create popular characters Iron Man, Hulk, Black Widow, The X-Men, Daredevil and more. Lee and others then grouped these heroes together in the comics to form The Avengers.
  • In 1972 Lee stepped up from his role as Editor-in-Chief to become editorial director and publisher at Marvel Comics.
  • In recent years, his popularity has only continued to climb thanks to his always-memorable cameos in several Marvel Cinematic Universe films.
  • Last year, Lee was named a Disney Legend alongside Jack Kirby.
  • Disney CEO and Chairman Bob Iger reacted to the news, tweeting that Lee was “a super hero in his own right.”
  • Join us as we remember Stan Lee and everything he has done for comics and entertainment.
  • Marvel Studios President, Kevin Feige shared his condolences on Twitter saying that Lee, “leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all.”

  • The cast of Marvel’s Runaways also too to Twitter to say goodbye and thank Lee for allowing them to, “believe we can all be heroes.”

In his words:

Marvel took a moment to remember the icon and shared this quote:

“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain, you’re doing a good thing.”