Marvel’s legend Stan Lee dies at age 95. Well-known for his comic book writing, editing, publishing, acting, and cameos he was an icon in pop culture. People of all ages come together to give their condolences and revel in the legacy of the man who changed the entertainment world.
Born on December 28, 1922, in New York, New York to Jack Lieber and Celia (Solomon) Lieber. He is survived by daughter Joan Celia Lee. His wife, Joan Clayton Boocock Lee passed away in 2017 at aged 95.
In the 1960s, Lee worked alongside writers and artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko. The three men took initiative in the comic book industry that was slowly dying out due to bland characters and plots which resulted in poor sales. Lee wrote and directed many beloved comic book heroes and teams we know today such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Fantastic Four and more.
Due to the ingenuity of Lee, Kirby, and Ditko they created vibrant characters that were different from other superheroes of the time. They created heroes with real-world problems and flaws. These heroes were characters that people could relate to and draw inspiration. It was a message that resonates to this very day.
The Fantastic Four was the first superhero team that Lee created. Afterward, he would continue his successful trend and lend a hand in creating iconic comic book heroes such as The Incredible Hulk, Thor, the X-Men and so on. Lee laid the foundation for the company to continue to grow. In 1972, Lee became Marvel’s publisher, and he created storylines that are well-known to this day. Lee pushed the boundaries of what comics could discuss and even referenced political and social issues of his time. A man of integrity he did his best to create stories that people would not only enjoy but learn from.
In 2001, Lee created POW! Entertainment. It was a company that created television shows and movies based on superheroes. Lee did his best to expand the Marvel brand and expose his characters not just in comic books but other forms of media as well. In the past two decades, Lee earned an incredible 120 production credits with countless other cameos and writing credits. Lee had become an icon in comic books and continued to leave his mark years after leaving the publishing side of Marvel. His legacy will live on in his stories and his characters.