Stan Lee, the creator behind some of the most famous superheroes has died aged 95.
The Marvel Comics creator died in his home yesterday morning in the Hollywood Hills, TMZ reports.
An ambulance was called but he died shortly after, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre, California.
Stan became an assistant for Timely Comics in 1939, which would later evolve to become Marvel Comics.
“In those days [the artists] dipped the pen in ink, [so] I had to make sure the inkwells were filled.” Lee recalled in 2009. “I went down and got them their lunch, I did proofreading, I erased the pencils from the finished pages for them.”
Stan’s comic-debut was writing text filler for “Captain America Foils the Traitors Revenge”, this initial story introduced Captain America’s trademark ricocheting shield toss too.
At just under 19 years old Stan was appointed Interim Editor by Marvel publisher Martin Goodman, he showed a natural talent for business which led him to become the permanent Editor-in-Chief, as well as Art Director. He went on to take over the publisher role from Goodman in 1972.
In the early 60’s Lee was asked to come up with a team of superheroes to compete with DC’s Justice League.
“If my publisher hadn’t said ‘let’s do superhero stories,’ I’d probably still be doing ‘A Kid Called Outlaw,’ ‘The Two-Gun Kid’ or ‘Millie the Model’ or whatever I was doing at the time,” he told CNN in 2013.
At this point Marvel revitalised the world of superheroes by creating more human and relatable characters. Figures that lived in the real world – a fair few coming from New York all facing humane struggles like paying rent and wondering about their life purpose.
First the iconic Fantastic Four came about shortly, followed by Spider-Man, The Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, The X-Men and Daredevil. These superheroes were all created been 1961 and 1964 and made Marvel overtake DC Comics in both sales and popularity.
“Entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives”
“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers,” Lee told the Washington Post.
“And then I began to realise: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.”
Stan Lee has been remembered and celebrated by friends, fans and celebrities since the news of his death yesterday.
We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and …. to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee #Wolverine pic.twitter.com/iOdefi7iYz
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) 12 November 2018
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