LOS ANGELES — Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95.
Lee’s daughter, Joan Celia, confirmed to TMZ that he passed away. The outlet reported that ambulances rushed to Lee’s Hollywood Hills home early Monday morning and that he was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center where he later died.
Earlier this year, the Marvel legend (born Stanley Lieber) revealed that he had been battling pneumonia, and in early February he was rushed to the hospital for shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat. At the time a spokesperson for Lee told TMZ that he, “is doing well and feeling good. He is staying there for a few days for some check-ups as a safety precaution.”
In 2017, Lee was forced to cancel two major convention appearances due to an undisclosed illness.
He is survived by his daughter. His wife Joan died in 2017 after the two were married for 69 years.
Stan Lee is most remembered for his own works like the much-loved Spiderman, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, DareDevil, Iron Man, X-Men, the Fantastic Four, and so many more. He created superheroes who were flawed and “human” with their own daily struggles in life.
As the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, Lee was widely considered the architect of the contemporary comic book. He revived the industry in the 1960s by offering the costumes and action craved by younger readers while insisting on sophisticated plots, college-level dialogue, satire, science fiction, even philosophy.
Millions responded to the unlikely mix of realistic fantasy, and many of his characters, including Spider-Man, the Hulk and X-Men went on to become stars of blockbuster films. Recent projects he helped make possible range from the films “Black Panther” and “Doctor Strange” to such TV series as “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and “Guardians of the Galaxy.”
He hit his stride in the 1960s when he brought the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man and numerous others to life.
Some of Lee’s creations became symbols of social change — the inner turmoil of Spider-Man represented ’60s America, for example, while The Black Panther and The Savage She-Hulk mirrored the travails of minorities and women.
Lee scripted most of Marvel’s superhero comics himself during the ’60s, including the Avengers and the X-Men, two of the most enduring. In 1972, he became Marvel’s publisher and editorial director; four years later, 72 million copies of Spider-Man were sold.
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created,” Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. “A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”
Marvel chief Kevin Feige also paid tribute. “No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee,” Feige said. “Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family and the millions of fans who have been forever touched by Stan’s genius, charisma and heart. Excelsior!”
Here are some motivating quotes by Stan lee
Face front, true believers!
With great power comes great responsibilty.
Comics are stories; they’re like novels or anything else. So the first thing you have to do is become a good storyteller.
Life is never completely without its challenges.
If you are interested in what you do, that keeps you going!
The only advice anybody can give is, if you wanna be a writer, keep writing. And read all you can, read everything.
Technology isn’t a villain. Technology should help, but if you just use the technology for the sake of technology, then you’re cheating your audience. You’re not giving them the best story and the best direction and so forth.
It’s just, it’s fun to stay in the game.
With great power comes great responsibilty.
I’m happiest when I’m working. If I’m not working, I feel like I’m wasting my time.
The more you read, the better you’re going to become as a storyteller.
No one has a perfect life. Everybody has something that he wishes was not the way it is.
Negative information is that which, immediately upon acquiring, causes the recipient to know less than he did before.
If you wanna be an artist carry sketch pad with you, and sketch everything you see. Get so you can draw anything and it looks like what it’s supposed to be. It’s a lot of work, but if you really have it in you, it’s not like work. It becomes fun.