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RIP Stan Lee, Co-Creator of Marvel Comics

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Yesterday, the comic book culture lost one of its founding fathers.

Stan Lee passed away on November 12, 2018, at the age of 95. He has been praised for creating some of our favorite and notable heroes enjoyed in pop culture today. Spider-Man, X-Men, Fantastic Four, The Hulk, Black Panther, and more, were all born from his visionary and creative mind.

Stan Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber on December 28, 1922, in New York City. In 1939 he got his first job at Timely Comics (which would later become Marvel) and in the 1960s successfully penetrated wider audiences outside of dedicated comic book fans. Over time, American culture embraced his bizarre and personal characters, and he will likely be remembered up there with Walt Disney. Up until his death, he became known as someone who would frequently appear as himself in comic books and their film adaptations.

To date, he has appeared in every Marvel film in some form and is expected to appear in scheduled cameos for 2019’s Captain Marvel and Avengers 4 – although an appearance in the summer’s Spider-Man: Far From Home is still unknown.

“All I tried to do in my stories was show that there’s some innate goodness in the human condition. And there’s always going to be evil; we should always be fighting evil.”

The characters he helped create 70 years ago are box office sensations today frequently bringing more than $1 billion in profits for film studios. Fans around the world enjoy modern iterations of classic characters that will surely outlive all of us.

Rest in Peace, Stan Lee. Thank you for the stories. 

Excelsior.

 

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