Stan Lee, one of the best comic book writers and cofounder of Marvel passed on at the age of 95 today leaving behind a marvellous legacy of comic book story telling.
According to Variety magazine, the 95-year-old was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday after suffering a medical emergency and was declared dead shortly afterwards. His daughter confirmed the reports later on.
Lee had reportedly suffered from multiple illnesses over the past year, including pneumonia and vision problems.
Stan Lee was an amazing writer and helped transform Marvel Comics into a big Hollywood power house making millions for the company since the 1960’s creating captivating stories for the masses.
Lee revolutionised the comic book industry with his creative ideas and story telling bringing to life famous superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk. He was Stan Lee was an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher. He was an editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and later its publisher and chairman.
Stan collaborated with several artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko to create one of the most profound and famous fictional characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-Men, and – also with co-writer Larry Lieber – the characters Ant-Man, Iron Man, and Thor.
He pioneered a more complex approach to writing superheroes in the 1960s, and in the 1970s challenged the standards of the Comics Code Authority, indirectly leading to it updating its policies.
Lee considered the comic-book medium an art form and he was prolific: By some accounts, he came up with a new comic book every day for 10 years.
News of his death shocked many around Hollywood and are still beat up about it. It has been a pleasure and an honour to see the great works of Stan Lee. May his soul rest in peace.
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