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.”
No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans. #ThankYouStan #Excelsior!
— Kevin Feige (@Kevfeige) November 12, 2018
- 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.”
Thank you for making us believe we can all be heroes. Rest in peace, Stan Lee. pic.twitter.com/N81InK76kA
— Marvel's Runaways (@marvelsrunaways) November 12, 2018
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.”
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) November 12, 2018