Stan Lee, the legendary writer, producer, editor of Marvel Comics whore creation has made him real life superhero to comic book lovers everywhere has died at the age of 95. Stan Lee, one of the most influential writers and publishers in the comic book industry who began in the business in 1939 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.
Mr. Lee was a central player in the creation of those characters and more, all properties of Marvel Comics. Indeed, he was for many the embodiment of Marvel, if not comic books in general, overseeing the company’s emergence as an international media behemoth. A writer, editor, publisher, Hollywood executive and tireless promoter (of Marvel and of himself), he played a critical role in what comics fans call the medium’s silver age.
An ambulance was called to his home in Hollywood Hills on Monday morning and took him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Lee had suffered from pneumonia in February this year. He also struggled with vision issues and had revealed in 2016 he could no longer read the comics he created.
Marvel began in 1961 with The Fantastic Four, a team of superheroes created by Lee and his colleague Jack Kirby, designed to appeal to an older audience at a time when comic books were mostly read by children.
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created,” Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. “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.”