There are some entertainment legends we all like to think of as immortal gods, and superhero creator Stan Lee, who died at 95 in Los Angeles, was one of them.
Stan Lee was an American comic book writer, editor, producer, and publisher. He was the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and later its publisher and chairman, leading its expansion from a small division of a publishing house to a large multimedia corporation. He is the co-creator of many iconic characters including Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Daredevil, the X-Men and the Black panther. Lee, who teamed up with artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, revitalised the comics industry with his superheroes, giving them complex emotional lives to colour their all-action adventures.
As a writer and editor charged with keeping multiple stories going at the same time, Lee wove them together into a seamless fictional world where Iron Man could join forces with the Fantastic Four, and Captain America could find himself a wedding guest alongside Doctor Strange. The Marvel Universe he created crossed from page to screen in a series of TV and movie adaptations and changed the face of popular culture.
“My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man,” his daughter, J.C. Lee, said of his passing. “He felt an obligation to his fans to keep creating, He loved his life and he loved what he did for a living. His family loved him and his fans loved him. He was irreplaceable.” Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee’s daughter, confirmed his death to the Associated Press, but the cause has not yet been announced.
Writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics, Lee had recently suffered multiple illnesses, including a bout of pneumonia earlier this year, which he revealed during a press conference in February. He said poor health had caused him to cancel several appearances.Sure, he was in his nineties — an age many people (let alone celebrities) never reach — but Lee was more than just a celebrity. The Generalissimo, as he dubbed himself and was affectionately referred to by fans, seemed to transcend mortal rules.