Marvel Comics Stan Lee dies at 95

Stan Lee, the former chairman of Marvel Comics, died yesterday morning in Los Angeles at age 95.

Lee was best known for co-creating superheroes: Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Daredevil, Black Panther, and Doctor Strange, among others.

As the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, Lee was commonly considered the architect of the modern comic book. He revived the industry in the 1960s by offering the costumes and action craved by younger readers while insisting on sophisticated plots, college-level dialogue, satire, science fiction, even philosophy.

Legendary facts about Stan Lee:

  • He became an editor at Timely Comics in 1941. Timely Comics would eventually be renamed “Atlas Comics” in the 1950s and was re-branded again as “Marvel Comics” in 1961. The same Marvel we all know and love today.
  • He was inducted into the comic book industry’s Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994 and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995. Lee received a National Medal of Arts in 2008. Sometimes it takes a long time to get recognized for your hard work.
  • In 1998, Stan signed a lifetime deal with Marvel Enterprises, Inc. The contract only requires that he spend 10 percent of his time with the company. In a 2012 Reddit Q&A thread, he told a fan, “I don’t have any spare time.” We can tell, Stan.
  • In 2012, Stan co-wrote a New York Times bestselling graphic novel for 1821 Comics called Romeo and Juliet: The War. The graphic novel is a retelling of the classic tale, but both families are super human soldiers who, after having crushed all their mutual enemies, turn on each other.


By Mndaba Lindelani


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