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Stan Lee dies at 95

https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/stan-lee-marvel-comics-legend-721450

Stan Lee, Marvel Comics' Real-Life Superhero, Dies at 95

The feisty writer, editor and publisher was responsible for such iconic characters as Spider-Man, X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther and The Fantastic Four — 'nuff said.

Stan Lee, the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics whose fantabulous but flawed creations made him a real-life superhero to comic-book lovers everywhere, has died. He was 95.

Lee, who began in the business in 1939 and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, X-Men, The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Ant-Man and other characters, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a source told The Hollywood Reporter.

Lee's final few years were tumultuous. After Joan, his wife of 69 years, died in July 2017, he sued executives at POW! Entertainment — a company he founded in 2001 to develop film, TV and video game properties — for $1 billion for fraud, then abruptly dropped the suit weeks later.

He also sued his ex-business manager and filed for a restraining order against a man who had been handling his affairs. (Lee's estate was estimated to be worth as much as $70 million.) And in June 2018, it was revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department had been investigating reports of elder abuse against him.

On his own and through his work with frequent artist-writer collaborators Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others, Lee catapulted Marvel from a tiny venture into the world's No. 1 publisher of comic books and later a multimedia giant.

In 2009, the Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, and most of the top-grossing superhero films of all time — led by The Avengers' $1.52 billion worldwide take in 2012 — featured Marvel characters.

"I used to think what I did was not very important," he told the Chicago Tribune in April 2014. "People are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes. But I suppose I have come to realize that entertainment is not easily dismissed."

Lee's fame and influence as the face and figurehead of Marvel, even in his nonagenarian years, remained considerable.

Beginning in the 1960s, the irrepressible and feisty Lee punched up his Marvel superheroes with personality, not just power. Until then, comic-book headliners like those of DC Comics were square and well-adjusted, but his heroes had human foibles and hang-ups; Peter Parker/Spider-Man, for example, fretted about his dandruff and was confused about dating. The evildoers were a mess of psychological complexity.

"His stories taught me that even superheroes like Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk have ego deficiencies and girl problems and do not live in their macho fantasies 24 hours a day," Gene Simmons of Kiss said in a 1979 interview. "Through the honesty of guys like Spider-Man, I learned about the shades of gray in human nature."

(Kiss made it to the Marvel pages, and Lee had Simmons bleed into a vat of ink so the publisher could say those issues were printed with his blood.)

The Manhattan-born Lee wrote, art-directed and edited most of Marvel's series and newspaper strips. He also penned a monthly comics' column, “Stan's Soapbox,” signing off with his signature phrase, “Excelsior!”

His way of doing things at Marvel was to brainstorm a story with an artist, then write a synopsis. After the artist drew the story panels, Lee filled in the word balloons and captions. The process became known as “The Marvel Method.”

Lee collaborated with artist-writer Kirby on The Fantastic Four, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Silver Surfer and X-Men. With artist-writer Ditko, he created Spider-Man and the surgeon Doctor Strange and with artist Bill Everett came up with the blind superhero Daredevil.

Such collaborations sometimes led to credit disputes: Lee and Ditko reportedly engaged in bitter fights, and both receive writing credit on the Spider-Man movies and TV shows. "I don't want anyone to think I treated Kirby or Ditko unfairly," he told Playboy magazine in April 2014. "I think we had a wonderful relationship. Their talent was incredible. But the things they wanted weren't in my power to give them."

Like any Marvel employee, Lee had no rights to the characters he helped create and received no royalties.

In the 1970s, Lee importantly helped push the boundaries on censorship in comics, delving into serious and topical subject matter in a medium that had become mindless, kid-friendly entertainment.

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Reply #1 posted 11/12/18 11:18am

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Reply #2 posted 11/12/18 11:33am

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Sad news. Creator of approximately eleventy-billion comic book characters. I always enjoyed looking for his wee cameos in what were often bloody awful movies.
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Reply #3 posted 11/12/18 11:39am

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WOW RIP Stan, he made this big kids life pretty colorful

from comics to action figures to the big screen

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Reply #4 posted 11/12/18 11:50am

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Sorry to hear this. rose

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Reply #5 posted 11/12/18 11:53am

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You can't deny his the pop cultural impact of his comics. He was a great salesman, writer, and embassador for comic books. It's sad that the last year of his life was dealing with elderly abuse from his caregiver. It looks like it was cleared up in the past few months.

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Reply #6 posted 11/12/18 11:58am

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Reply #7 posted 11/12/18 12:19pm

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RIP Stan

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Reply #8 posted 11/12/18 12:35pm

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sad The oldest kid

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Reply #9 posted 11/12/18 12:37pm

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I thought he would out live me pray

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Reply #10 posted 11/12/18 1:09pm

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Sad to hear. He always came across as a decent guy. And his impact on not just comic books, but movies and popular culture in general is unmatched.

Future movies in the MCU just won't be the same without his cameos.
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We were HERE, where were you?

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Reply #12 posted 11/12/18 1:44pm

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sad rose Incomparable creative talent.

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Reply #13 posted 11/12/18 2:08pm

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He had a good long life. R.I.P. rose

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Reply #14 posted 11/12/18 3:27pm

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Peace to his soul. His creations were a huge part of my childhood and teenage years.

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Reply #15 posted 11/12/18 5:55pm

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A Master of his craft. As such, he will never really die.
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Reply #16 posted 11/12/18 6:09pm

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RIP pray : "Excelsior!"

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Reply #17 posted 11/12/18 11:09pm

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His enthusiasm and energy at such an old age should be an example for us all.

I'm glad his enormous impact on pop culture is finally acknowledged thanks to the movies. When I was young no one knew who he was beyond comics fans.

I really thought he'd live forever. He will be missed sad

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Sad news sad The X-Men were a huge deal for me growing up ... they were different so it felt alright to be different growing up as a teen as well. And that's just the tip of the iceberg of what Lee created!

What a life ... there can't be a more noble way to live than to bring that much joy and happiness to so many people.

Read a great quote about him on Facebook last night ... "Spiderman was one of Stan Lee's greatest creations, and Stan was one of Gods"

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Reply #19 posted 11/13/18 6:54am

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Dude invented Spider Man.

"My motherfucker's so cool sheep count him."
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Reply #20 posted 11/13/18 6:58am

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Lianachan said:

Sad news. Creator of approximately eleventy-billion comic book characters. I always enjoyed looking for his wee cameos in what were often bloody awful movies.


CO-creator.

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KoolEaze said:

Peace to his soul. His creations were a huge part of my childhood and teenage years.

CO-creations.

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Reply #22 posted 11/13/18 6:59am

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DaveT said:

Sad news sad The X-Men were a huge deal for me growing up ... they were different so it felt alright to be different growing up as a teen as well. And that's just the tip of the iceberg of what Lee created!

What a life ... there can't be a more noble way to live than to bring that much joy and happiness to so many people.

Read a great quote about him on Facebook last night ... "Spiderman was one of Stan Lee's greatest creations, and Stan was one of Gods"

CO-created.

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2freaky4church1 said:

Dude invented Spider Man.

CO-invented.

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Reply #25 posted 11/13/18 9:33am

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Related image

On behalf of the Justice League of America, R.I.P Stan Lee

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Reply #26 posted 11/13/18 12:50pm

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Lianachan said:

Sad news. Creator of approximately eleventy-billion comic book characters. I always enjoyed looking for his wee cameos in what were often bloody awful movies.


This is his funniest cameo: lol

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Reply #27 posted 11/13/18 3:40pm

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peedub said:



2freaky4church1 said:


Dude invented Spider Man.




CO-invented.



Well aren't you pedantic.
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Reply #29 posted 11/13/18 4:35pm

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djThunderfunk said:




Aww. rose

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