Stan Lee created iconic characters such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Thor and the X-Men.
By Riley Morgan
Marvel legend Stan Lee, who revolutionised pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes such as Spider-Man and The Hulk, has died. He was 95.
Lee, the face of comic book culture in the United States, died early Monday in Los Angeles, his daughter confirmed to US entertainment outlets, including The Hollywood Reporter.
He had suffered a number of illnesses in recent years.
Born Stanley Martin Lieber, he started his career in comics as an office assistant at a comic publisher in 1939.
Lee ended up in the business by accident, thanks to an uncle who got him a job when he was a teenager filling artists’ inkwells and fetching coffee.
“I felt someday I’d write the ‘Great American Novel’ and I didn’t want to use my real name on these silly little comics,” he once said, explaining why he had forsaken his given name, Lieber.
There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!
CEO of Walt Disney Bob Iger said Lee was a “super hero in his own right”.
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart,” he said in a statement.
The Tributes have started to flow in for the much-beloved comic icon.