It’s a sad day for the comic book world as one of its biggest names has unfortunately passed away. Stan Lee, the Marvel legend himself has passed away at age 95 following a series of recent health problems. His daughter J.C. Lee told TMZ that her father was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center early on the morning of Monday, November 12th, passing away at the hospital.
Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922, in New York City which as we all know became the setting of many of his comic book outings. Lee entered the US Army in early 1942 and served as a member of the Signal Corps, repairing telegraph poles and other communication devices. He later transferred to the Training Film Division where he worked on writing manuals, training films, slogans and occasionally cartooning.
Lee completed his military service in 1945 and returned to his earlier career in comics, writing stories for Atlas Comics which would later be rebranded as Marvel Comics in 1961. Collaborating with Jack Kirby, the two created some of Marvel’s most recognizable figures such as the Fantastic Four, Iron-Man, Thor and The Incredible Hulk. Alongside fellow collaborator Steve Ditko, the pair created Doctor Strange and Marvel’s most iconic character, Spider-Man.
To this day, Stan Lee has remained an important figure in popular culture having made multiple cameos in many Marvel films. Instantly recognizable by fans and audiences alike, Lee has no doubt played a huge part of our childhoods thanks to the characters he’s brought to the paper which in turn brought on a variety of adaptations that reached a wider audience. A world without amazing characters like Spider-Man, the X-Men or the Avengers would be dull and we can thank Stan Lee for giving them to us.
R.I.P. Stan Lee: 1922-2018