Stan Lee, the fabled writer, revisor and publisher of Marvel Comics whose splendid but fallacious fabrications made him a real-life superhero to comic book lovers everywhere, took his last breath.
He was 95 years old. He died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a family representative stated.
In 1939, Lee began his business and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among countless other characters.
An attorney for Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee, Kirk Schenck also confirmed his death.
Lee’s final few years were vociferous. He sued executives at POW After Joan, his wife of 69 years died on July 2017. He also sued his ex-business manager and filed for a restraining order against a man who had been handling his affairs.
“I used to think what I did was not very important, people are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes. But I suppose I have come to realize that entertainment is not easily dismissed.”
Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement,” Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A superhero 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.”
Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige also paid his condolence, “No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family and the millions of fans who have been forever touched by Stan’s genius, charisma, and heart.”
Stan Lee has given us a world so much more than we could ever dream of! He was truly a legend and will be missed!