Stan Lee, the chief writer and editor of Marvel Comics who helped in creatinge some of the most well-known superheroes of the 20th century, died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 95 years old. He was also a major force behind the huge successes of the comic-book industry in the 1960s and early ’70s.
His death was confirmed by Kirk Schenck, a lawyer for J. C. Lee, the daughter of Lee. He died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
For many, Lee was the embodiment of Marvel, if not the comic books in general. He oversaw the emergence of his company as an international media behemoth. He was an editor, writer, Hollywood executive, publisher, and tireless promoter (of Marvel and of himself). He played a critical role in what most comics fans call the silver age of the medium.
Lee was a principal player in the creation of the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, and many other superheroes. As properties of Marvel Comics, these characters occupy boundless swaths of the pop culture landscape both in movies and on television.
Under the creativity of Lee, Marvel revolutionized the world of comic books by instilling its characters with the self-doubts and the neuroses of average people, as well an awareness of social causes and trends and, often, a sense of humour.
During an interview with The Washington Post in 1992 Lee said that in humanizing his heroes and giving them character flaws and insecurities that refuted their supernatural strengths, he tried “to make them real flesh-and-blood characters with personality.”
He added: “That’s what any story should have, but comics didn’t have until that point. They were all cardboard figures.”
In a statement to Reuter, J.C. Lee stated: “He felt an obligation to his fans to keep creating.”
She added: “He loved his life and he loved what he did for a living. His family loved him and his fans loved him. He was irreplaceable.”
His daughter did not mention the cause of his death.