Stanley Martin Lieber, popularly known as Stan Lee, the brain behind the superheroes like Spiderman, X-Men, Iron Man, Hulk and the Black Panther, passed away at the age of 95 in Los Angeles.
Stan Lee in collaboration with great artists, particularly Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko co-created these fictional characters.
Stan Lee who was the Editor-In-Chief of the Marvel Comics later became its publisher and Chairman. He expanded the small publishing house into a large multimedia corporation.
Stan Lee began his career as an assistant at Timely Comics in 1939. Stan Lee made his comic book debut with the story “Captain America Foils The Traitor’s Revenge” in the May issue of Captain America Comics #3 in 1941. By 1960s Timely evolved as Marvel Comics.
Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, the writer-artist duo were credited for the marvelous characters they introduced to the World. And also for addressing the issues like Vietnam War and drugs.
The Marvel characters had helped to gross up billions and have dominated the 21st century box office since the release of Iron Man in 2008. The Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel Entertainment for 4 billion dollars. After his retirement he made cameo appearances in movies based on Marvel characters.
Stanley Martin Lieber was born in New York on 28th December 1922. Lee was born in Jewish family. In his youth, Lee enjoyed writing and at that time he used to do part time jobs like writing obituaries for a news service and writing press releases for the National Tuberculosis Center. Also worked as an Office boy for trouser manufacturer.
In 1947, he married Joan Clayton Boocock and the couple has a daughter Joan Celia Lee. Stan lee lived with his wife for 69 years and she died in July 2017 at the age of 95 years.
Tributes poured in for Lee from different parts of the world. Robert Iger, Chief Executive, Walt Disney tweeted as:
Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero 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. .@TheRealStanLee pic.twitter.com/u2Dux0oGLu
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) November 12, 2018
Chris Evans, who plays the titular character in Captain America, tweeted as :
There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018