Marvel founder Stan Lee passes away at 95


The legendary Marvel creator, Stan Lee passed away on Nov. 12, according to his daughter who told TMZ. Lee, who delighted fans with his cameo appearances in all of his films, was 95 years old.

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Stan Lee speaking at the 2014 Phoenix Comicon at the Phoenix Convention Center in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore)

According to TMZ, on early Monday morning, an ambulance had rushed to Lee’s home in Hollywood Hills. He was transferred to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died. Citrus Valley junior, Kaylie Gregg “found out through an alert from Buzzfeed” and she said,  “I was lying on my bed and couldn’t move. I immediately called my friends to talk about it”

Unfortunately, Lee had been suffering from several illnesses over the past few years, including pneumonia and some vision concerns.

Despite his passing, the legacy that Lee left behind was one that has and will affect many generations.

In 1939, due to family connections, Lee had earned a job as an assistant at Timely Comics, which eventually grew into Marvel Comics. Two years later, Lee was promoted to editor at Timely Comics.

Through the years 1942-1945, Lee served in the Army during World War 2 where he wrote “manuals and scripts for training films as a part of the Signal Corps,” according to CNN. During his service in the Army, he earned the nickname “Playwright.”

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Lee enlisted in 1942, shortly after hearing of the attack on Pearl Harbor. He was a lineman for the Signal Corps before the Army realized his writing skills and moved him into technical writing and doing posters, said Army Sgt.1st Class Nicholas Jones, 2nd Battalion, 3rd Infantry Regiment, Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington.” (Photo from DoD News, Defense Media Activity

Lee had worked with artist Jack Kirby to invent the iconic superhero team Fantastic Four in 1961. Following the success of the Fantastic Four, Lee, with the help of Kirby and Steve Ditko, went on to create more legendary characters, such as the Hulk, Dr. Strange, Spiderman, and X-Men.

Lee stated in a CNN interview in 2010, “All of my life in comics I have worked with artists, so I’ve collaborated with them. I would write down the original story, they would draw it and then I would edit it and do the art direction. So everything I’ve done has always been a collaboration.”

In 1972, Lee finally became Marvel’s publisher.

29 years later in 2001, Lee created the company, POW! Entertainment, with the purpose to develop movies and TV shows focused on new superheroes.

With all of his accomplishments, Lee has earned countless awards, including the Life Career Awards in 2002, a spot in the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995, the Producers Guild of America Award in 2011, and the American National Medal of the Arts. In addition, in January of 2011, Lee received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Lee had endured the loss of his wife, Joan B. Lee, who passed away at 95 in July of 2017. They had been married for 69 years. From there, Lee was left with the support of his daughter, Joan Celia Lee.

“Rest in peace, Stan Lee. The many worlds of imagination and delight you created for humanity will last forever,” tweeted CEO of Tesla Motors, Elon Musk, on Twitter.

Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine in the X-Men movies, tweeted, “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.”

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige had said, “No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. 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!”

“Stan Lee was always there as a kid, not many people thought of him as the face of the superhero world but he impacted me and millions of other kids’ lives with his wild imagination and creativity. He will live in our hearts forever,” said Redlands East Valley freshman, JC Sullivan.

Lee’s daughter, Joan Celia Lee, also known as J.C., told TMZ, “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”

Correction: This article originally stated incorrectly that Stan Lee’s wife was 69 years old when she passed away. This has been corrected to state that Stan Lee was married to his wife for 69 years. She was 95 years old when she passed away.

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