Marvel comic legend Stan Lee, who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk who now dominate the world’s movie screens, has died. He was 95 years old.
Lee, the face of comic book culture in the United States, died early on Monday in Los Angeles, according to US entertainment outlets including The Hollywood Reporter. He had suffered a number of illnesses in recent years.
“My father loved all of his fans,” his daughter told Hollywood monitor TMZ. “He was the greatest, most decent man.”
Lee got started in comics in 1939, when he joined Timely Comics as an office assistant. The publisher, founded by his cousin-in-law Martin Goodman, would eventually transform into Marvel Comics in 1961.
Lee rose through the ranks to become a comics writer, making millions of superhero fans dream of his fantastic universes and humans with extraordinary powers, and eventually led the Marvel empire for decades as its publisher.
From Spiderman to Black Panther to the X-Men and the Fantastic Four, Lee collaborated with other authors and illustrators to put his lively imagination on the page.
Iron Man, Thor and Doctor Strange would follow — and today, all three heroes have multi-film franchises that rake in hundreds of millions of dollars.
He has appeared in cameo roles in nearly every Marvel movie — including as a bus driver in “Avengers: Infinity War,” a film that united many of the indelible characters he brought to life.
Some many actors that have worked with him, have expressed their condolences to the family.
He will be greatly missed. RIP Stan Lee!!