Marvel’s real life ‘superhero’, Stan Lee dies aged 95

Mr. Lee at his office in Manhattan in 1980. As chief writer and editor of Marvel Comics, Mr. Lee was, for many, the embodiment of Marvel, if not comic books in general.CreditWilliam E. Sauro/The New York Times

Stan Lee, the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics who started off the sci-fi 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 is dead.

Marvel’s real life ‘superhero’, Stan Lee dies aged 95

Stan Lee who died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, was a major force behind the breakout successes of the comic-book industry in the 1960s and early ’70s, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 95.

His death has been confirmed by Kirk Schenck, a lawyer for Mr. Lee’s daughter, J. C. Lee. This is coming after Joan, his wife of 69 years, died in July 2017. 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.

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Stan Lee dies aged 95
Mr. Lee at his office in Manhattan in 1980. As chief writer and editor of Marvel Comics, Mr. Lee was, for many, the embodiment of Marvel, if not comic books in general.CreditWilliam E. Sauro/The New York Times

n 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.”

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