The news of Lee's passing has been met with an outpouring of grief. He was reportedly rushed by ambulance from his Hollywoods Hills home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died.
Lee had suffered several illnesses over the past year or so - he had a bout of pneumonia and vision issues. He's survived by his daughter Joan Celia "J. C." Lee.
The Marvel Comics publisher helped to create numerous universe's best-loved characters, including Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, the X-Men, Black Panther, Iron Man, the Mighty Thor, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil and Ant-Man. He rose to Editor-in-Chief, and publisher and, eventually, chairman of Marvel Comics.
Besides his work as a writer and publisher for Marvel, Lee was also known for his memorable cameos in Marvel movies, where he would pop up to play a side character, becoming a cult favorite in front of the camera as well.
"When Marvel issued 'Sledge Hammer!' comic books, Stan Lee and I would have delightful conversations". From there, he helped create some of the most popular comic book, TV, a film characters ever, including the X-Men, the Avengers, Black Panther, Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, Ant-Man, Doctor Strange, and Daredevil.
"For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy". "I wanted this to be a surprise, but I'm personally working on a Latino hero, that you'll be seeing at the end of the year", he said at the time, according to AFP.
Lee, who founded Marvel Comics with Jack Kirby in 1961, helped create some of the comic world's most iconic superheroes. "Every time you open a Marvel comic, Stan will be there". "He was the greatest, most decent man", his daughter told the website. The studio, which Disney acquired for $4 billion in 2009, has made almost $18 billion over the past decade, making it one of the most successful brands in Hollywood history.
Wolverine star Hugh Jackman, who was one of the first actors to be a part of a big-budget film based on Lee's characters, posted a picture and wrote, "We've lost a creative genius". "A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect", added Iger, who instigated the in hindsight very lucrative purchase of Marvel in 2009 for $4 billion. Rest in peace Stan Lee, and excelsior.
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