It is with much sadness that we report the passing of Stan Lee. The legendary comics creator who co-created many of Marvel comics most legendary characters such as The Fantastic Four, Spider-man, The Hulk and The X-Men.
Lee was 95 – years old and According to TMZ, he’d been battling a number of illnesses over the last year, which included pneumonia. His daughter J.C. told the site, “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”
Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber to Romanian-born Jewish immigrants in New York City. He spent much of his early life in Washington Heights. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx at 16. After working a series of Odd Jobs he wound up at Timely Comics where he slowly started his gradual climb to eventually be the Editor and Chief of Marvel Comics, which is what Timely evolved into.
Stan Lee first started working in comics as a teenager when he got to work very early on with legendary artist Jack Kirby at Timely Comics, which would go on to become Marvel Comics. At the time Lee was working under the supervision of Martin Goodman.
While at Timely Lee co-created his very first comic book character for an issue of Mystic Comics #6, the character was called ‘The Destroyer’, which came out in 1941.
It wasn’t until the 1960’s that Lee’s partnerships with artists such as Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby began to bear fruits. The first hit being ‘The Fantastic 4’ with ‘Spider-Man’ and all the rest following soon after.
As a young boy in the 70’s and 80’s I remember picking up imported Marvel Comics while on Holiday in the various holiday sites that my late mother would take me. Like many fans from that time. I’d read the letters to editor page and marvel at Lee’s words. The man had pretty much become an Icon by that time and was always outgoing towards fans and the media.
Love him or hate him. And most people love him. There is no denying the massive contribution Stan Lee made to comics. And I for one will be sad that we’ll not get any more of those fun cameo appearances in the Marvel movies.
Rest in peace Stan. You leave a wealth of work, which will make sure you are remembered for many years to come.