Creator of Black Panther, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk who is also an American writer and former president of Marvel Comics Stan Lee has died at the age of 95.
Stan Lee is said to have created The Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics, and went on to create titles including Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk in the year 1961.
The legendary comic book author, is reported to have died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a family lawyer.
It is also reported that, Lee’s wife, Joan, died in 2017 – also aged 95 – but he is survived by his daughter, JC Lee.
Speaking to celebrity news website TMZ, JC Lee said her father was
“the greatest, most decent man. He felt an obligation to his fans to keep creating”.
In recent years, Lee had periodically suffered from illnesses, including a bout of pneumonia, US media reported.
Who was Stan Lee?
Lee was born in 1922 to working-class Jewish immigrants from Romania.
He began working at the comics section of Timely Publications – a company that would eventually transform into Marvel Comics – and became comics editor there at age 18.
But for years Lee wrote only simple comics focusing on crime stories, horrors and westerns aimed at young readers.
At age 40, Lee decided to give up on comics. But his wife Joan urged him to create the characters he always wanted to write as his comic swansong.
And in 1961, Lee and artist Jack Kirby created the Fantastic Four – compelling characters with individual personalities and relatable problems.
Timely Publications was renamed Marvel and the golden age of comic books had begun.
Many Marvel characters were groundbreaking at the time. For example, Black Panther was the first black superhero featured in a mainstream US comic.
Other characters he created include the Silver Surfer, the X-Men, Iron Man and Doctor Strange.
Lee was also known for giving artists their due credit. Kirby, Frank Miller, John Romitaand and others achieved cult status in their own right.
In its heyday, Marvel sold 50 million copies a year. Until he retired from editing in 1971, Lee wrote all the copy for Marvel’s covers.