One of the most important figures in comic book history
Stan Lee, the co-creator of Marvel Comics and one of the most important figures in comic book history, has died aged 95, according to a report by TMZ. An attorney for his family has subsequently confirmed the news.
TMZ report that an ambulance rushed to Lee’s home early on Monday morning (November 12), and transported him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
The report says that Lee died while at the medical centre. His daughter J.C. told TMZ, “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”
Marvel Comics have posted on their website to celebrate Lee, as well as tweeting about their “great sadness”. It currently shows a photo of him, as well as a quote.
It says: “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. And then I began to realize: 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, you’re doing a good thing.”
Tributes from famous figures have begun to pour in for Lee. Seth Rogen was among the first, saying: “Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.”
Matty Healy of The 1975 recalled his amazement at even being sat in the same restaurant as Lee.
A number of actors from the Marvel Cinematic Universe have been among those to comment on Lee’s death.
Chris Evans, who currently plays Captain America, paid tribute to a man he said “provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy.”
Robert Downey Jr., who plays Iron Man, also shared a tribute, as did Wolverine actor Hugh Jackman.
The Twitter account of Shirley Manson’s band Garbage also posted a tribute, as did Travis Scott, Stranger Things’ Milly Bobby Brown, Flea of the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, writer Neil Gaiman, entrepreneur Elon Musk, actor George Takei and more.
Lee had been in ill health for a number of months. In February this year he revealed his battle with pneumonia in a video shared with TMZ.
“Hiya heroes, this is Stan Lee,” he begins the video. “I haven’t been in touch with you lately. I had a little bout of pneumonia I’ve been fighting, but it seems to be getting better.”
“I want you all to know I’m thinking of you, of course I always think of the fans, and I hope you’re all doing well, and I miss you all.”
Last year saw Lee lose his wife of 69 years, Joan. She died at 93 after suffering a stroke.
Lee co-founded Marvel in 1961 with Jack Kirby. The company evolved from Timely Comics, where Lee had began his career as an assistant in 1939.
He is credited as either the creator or co-creator of some of Marvel’s most iconic superheros, including Spider-Man, Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange and the X-Men.
During his time with Marvel Lee held the position of editor-in-chief, and later would be its publisher and chairman.
He maintained a key role in the company, and made cameos in a number of films in the Marvel Cinematic Universe.