Stan Lee dies at 95: Remembering Marvel's biggest icon

Carla Harmon
November 12, 2018

The pair started with The Fantastic Four, and they went on to create Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man, and The Avengers.

In a statement to TMZ, J.C. says "My father loved all of his fans".

THR spoke with a source that said Lee died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. "His passing today marks a devastating and painful moment in time, but the legacy of Stan Lee, through his creative genius and his universes of characters, will continue to reach the world of true believers for generations to come". Stan's daughter tells TMZ.

Lee's creations did become icons for social change too, from the She-Hulk mirroring the struggles of women, to Black Panther mirroring those of minorities.


"He's become our Mickey Mouse", he once said of the masked, web-crawling crusader.

Mr Lee, who recently fought off a bought of pneumonia, founded Marvel Comics with Jack Kirby in 1961.

CBS turned the Hulk into a successful TV series, with Bill Bixby and Lou Ferrigno portraying the doomed scientist from 1978-82. Both characters were featured in animated TV series as well.

The first big-budget movie based on Lee's characters, X-Men, was a smash in 2000, earning more than US$130 million at North American theatres. He even had a cameo in the recent Spider-Man game for Playstation 4.


It wasn't just that Lee created these characters; his work also upended expectations within the comic book industry.

As Marvel's Editor-in-Chief, Stan "The Man" Lee made his voice the voice of the stories themselves.

While Lee's wife Joan sadly passed away in 2017, he is survived by his daughter Joan Celia Lee.


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