Stan Lee, arguably one of the most important comic book creators of all time, known for making Spider-Man, X-Men, Avengers, and The Hulk, has died at the age of 95-years-old.
Beloved by millions of fans, over the last two decades, Stan went from being a legendary comic book icon to arguably one of the most successful men in the movie business.
Stan created a multi-billion-dollar empire through the leasing of his comics, creating X-Men films, Spiderman, The Avengers, and many others. His rep, Dawn Miller, released a statement confirming the news of his death on Monday in LA.
Born on the 28th of December, 1922, Stanley got his career start in New York City in 1939. As a teenager, he worked odd jobs to help his mom and dad pay the bills.
“I had never thought of writing comics,” the comic book creator said. At that time, comics were merely a children’s novelty, but over the ages, they became a massive industry.
Back in the 1960’s, DC Comics had just created its hit, Justice League Of America, so Lee and Jack Kirby paired up together to create the Fantastic Four, which has also had a Hollywood movie rendition.
After that, Lee and Kirby created other classic franchises like Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and X-Men. Paul Levitz, a writer, historian, and executive, said to reporters from Vulture that Lee played a huge role in the ascension of comic books, which went from being a novelty for kids to a respected art-form.
By the year 1972, Lee had risen to a leadership role in Marvel Comics, and was named their editorial director and publisher. Lee was known and praised by fans for illustrating social issues as well.
In the late 2000’s and throughout the 2010’s, Lee’s career kicked off when Hollywood became extremely interested in comic books. However, toward the end of his life, Lee said he struggled to find the same interest in comics as he once had.
At 95-years-of-age, Lee’s eyesight had diminished, making it almost impossible to read comics anymore. As for who will helm what Stan left behind, JC Lee, the creator’s daughter, was the one to take over the business as well as his assets.