Stan Lee, passed away leaving behind his own comics empire (Image: Masatoshi Okauchi/REX/Shutterstock)
Legendary American writer and former president of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95.
This iconic comic author died in the Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. In recent days, he was suffering multiple physical complications including pneumonia.
Stan Lee was born in an migrant family from Romania in 1922.
Lee first started to work in the comics section of Timely Publications. This production house later became today’s giant Marvel Comics. Lee started to work there as comics editor at the age of only 18.
In the early years, Lee used to write comics based on traditional crime thrillers and horror stories for young readers. But he was not satisfied and wanted to create something unique.
At the age of 40, Lee finally decided to leave his comic journey. However his wife Joan prevented and inspired him to create comic characters of his own thoughts .
In 1961, Stan Lee and another comic legend Jack Kirby wrote the popular comic character ‘Fantastic Four’. In this project, Lee first worked with unique characters and exceptional story line.
Within few days, Timely Publications changed it name to Marvel, and the golden chapter of comic history started to begin.
Lee’s comic characters not only gained mass popularity, some of them were first of their kind. For example, Black Panther was the first black superhero character in the mainstream US comic genre.
Apart from these, the other iconic comic faces Stan Lee created were Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, the X-Men, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, Silver Surfer etc.
Though Stan Lee reached the peak of prominence, he was respected for giving due credits to other comic creators like Jack Kirby, Frank Miller, John Romitaand and many others.
At it’s golden era, each of Marvel’s edition used to be sold even 50 million copies yearly. Until his retirement from the editorial post in 1971, Stan Lee used to write almost every cover of each edition.
Lee was not only famous for comic writings, he acted in almost every Marvel movies in tiny characters. Though his presences there were just for few seconds, those smallest memories will remain forever in the hearts of millions Stan Lee fans.
Lee’s wife Joan died in 2017 at the age of 95. The couple had a daughter, J C Lee. At her father’s demise, she described Stan Lee as “the greatest, most decent man.”
Hollywood stars shower their love and condolence over Stan Lee’s passing.
We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and …. to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee #Wolverine pic.twitter.com/iOdefi7iYz
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 12, 2018
Stan…more than a master of stories, you always seemed like a master of living. I will look to you for inspiration for the rest of my life. You live on. xoxo Your Wasp
#liveon #StanLee pic.twitter.com/JRA2aRM3bG
— Evangeline Lilly (@EvangelineLilly) November 12, 2018
Born before Edwin Hubble discovered the expanding universe, he ultimately created an expanding universe of his own – one of scientifically literate superheroes such as Spider-Man , The Hulk, Iron Man, & Black Panther.
Stan Lee RIP: 1922 – 2018
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 12, 2018