A Marvel Of A Man: Stan Lee Dead At 95
Stan Lee, Marvel Comics Creator, Dead at 95
Stan Lee, the godfather of Marvel Comics, has died in Los Angeles at age 95. His cast of characters, including Spider-Man, Hulk and the X-Men, were beloved by millions of readers for decades before becoming a multibillion-dollar movie empire that dominated box offices over the last decade.
A Marvel Of A Man: Stan Lee Dead At 95 by Beth Accomando
American comic book writer, editor, publisher and former President of Marvel Comics Stan Lee died Monday at the age of 95.
Lee gave us over six decades of work like The Incredible Hulk and The Amazing Spider-Man — superheroes we could identify with, characters that allowed us to suspend our disbelief because they reacted to bizarre situations like you or I might.
In a 1998 interview, Lee told me, “Before Marvel started, any superhero might be walking down the street and see a 12-foot-tall monster coming toward him with purple skin and eight arms breathing fire, and the character would have said something like, ‘Oh! There’s a monster from another world; I better catch him before he destroys the city.’ Now, if one of our Marvel characters saw the same monster, I’d like to think Spider-Man would say, ‘Who’s the nut in the Halloween get-up? I wonder what he’s advertising?’ ”
Robert Scott, owner of Comickaze, a San Diego comic-book store, says Lee put the human in superhuman.
“He would talk about prejudice, racism,” Scott says. “I mean the X-Men, here was a group of people who were only trying to do good things and only trying to help and they were constantly ostracized by being mutants.”
For Lee, having compelling, thought-provoking subject matter was crucial to his business.
“The person viewing the cartoon or reading the book should have something to think about, not just look at mindless pages of running around,” Lee said.
Born Stanley Lieber in New York City in 1922, he took the pseudonym Stan Lee to save his real name for more literary pursuits. But those pursuits never came. Instead, Lee devoted more than six decades to the comics industry, co-creating Spider-Man, Black Panther, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men, Iron Man and Daredevil. In 1970, he successfully challenged the restrictive Comics Code Authority with a story about drug abuse in Spider-Man. To read more go to the link below: