Stan Lee: The best superheroes from his mammoth career in comics


Stan Lee, the mastermind behind Marvel Comics superheroes such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, and Thor, has died.

Born Stanley Lieber in NY in 1922, Lee was the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and later became its publisher, chairman and became known to a new generation through his extensive cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, totalling all 20 movies released in the franchise so far.

Mr Lee founded Marvel Comics with Jack Kirby in 1961. President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige, in a statement to Variety, thanked Lee for his contribution, and expressed happiness that Lee had lived to have seen the enormous success of the Marvel films.

The entertainment world lost a legend today, and fans of the various comic books, TV shows, movies, video games, and more mourn his departure. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. "You have made the world a better place through the power of modern mythology and your love of this messy business of being human".

While many comic creators are known by name to those who love them, Stan Lee had a larger than life personality and even up to his final days was very active with his fans and was a true voice for comics.

Speaking about his career, Lee said that he used to be embarrassed "because I was just a comic book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers". And rest in peace.

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After dismissing codenames "Insect Man", "Stick-to-Wall Man", and "Mosquito Man", Lee said, "I thought of Spider-Man, and that sounded scary and dramatic - and as we often say, the rest is history". Directly or indirectly, Stan Lee's knowing wink is part of them all.

Lee got to know the actors who played the heroes he created. He was joined by Wolverine star Hugh Jackman who described Lee as "a pioneering force in the superhero universe".

Lee had suffered several illnesses over the past year or so - he had a bout of pneumonia and vision issues.

The news is confirmed by The Hollywood Reporter, following up on earlier confirmation, via Lee's daughter, from TMZ.

Lee can be seen most recently in Venom where he made a cameo at the end of the movie encouraging Eddie Brock to win back his ex-fiancee.