Legendary Comic Writer Stan Lee Dies Aged 95
by Kristine Sage
5 months ago
Responsible for bringing to life some of the most popular comic book superheroes and villains of all time, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, and more, Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95 on Monday, and the whole world is mourning at the loss of one of our greatest minds and artists of all time.
His writing, editing, and publishing of Marvel Comics made him a real-life superhero to comic book lovers across the globe, through so many generations. After beginning his business in 1939, he created some of the most iconic superhero characters we have today: Black Panther, the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, Daredevil, Ant-Man, among countless other characters.
Lee has made several cameos in a number of the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies. “I think everybody loves things that are bigger than life,” he told the Associated Press in a 2006 interview. “We all grew up with giants and ogres and witches. Well, you get a little bit older and you’re too old to read fairy tales. But I don’t think you ever outgrow your love for those kind of things, things that are bigger than life and magical and very imaginative.”
“His stories taught me that even superheroes like Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk have ego deficiencies and girl problems and do not live in their macho fantasies 24 hours a day,” Gene Simmons of Kiss said in a 1979 interview. “Through the honesty of guys like Spider-Man, I learned about the shades of gray in human nature.”
Lee has been credited for the creation of these iconic comic book stories. Despite the true origins of some not being clear, without Stan Lee, the world of heroes and villains would be much, much smaller.
He is survived by his daughter and younger brother Larry Lieber, who is currently a writer and artist for Marvel.
“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,” a family statement read.