Stan Lee, Marvel Icon, Dies @ 95

Stan Lee, the comic-book magnate who was the co-creator of Marvel Comics and along with it a slew of iconic superheroes, has died. 

Stan Lee: December 28, 1922-November 12, 2018 (Image via head shot)

TMZ broke the news that Lee, 95, passed away after being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A.

In a statement to TMZ, Lee's daughter, J.C., said:

My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.

He had lost his wife of 69 years, Joan, in 2017.

Lee started Marvel Comics with Jack "King" Kirby (1917-1994) in the early '60s, co-creating with him a legion of superheroes who were unlike those who had come before in that they displayed weaknesses. This new kind of human superhero quickly took hold, and has snowballed into a multi-billion-dollar business today.

As Marvel's EIC and later it's publisher and chairman, Lee was directly responsible for the co-creation of many of the most popular comic-book heroes of all time, among them Spider-Man, Black Panther, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, Iron Man, Thor and the ultimate emo cadre, the X-Men.

He was outspoken in his views, including this still-timely tirade from 1968:

Racism and bigotry are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today ... The only way to destroy them, is to expose them — to reveal from the insidious evil they really are.

Lee became a noted philanthropist with 201o's The Stan Lee Foundation, with its focus on literacy.

He became an icon in his own right, popping up on TV and in movies, and as a massive draw at comic conventions.

Lee had experienced health issues in recent years, including pneumonia, but in spite of his advanced age, his death was unexpected.

Stars from across the entertainment galaxy have begun eulogizing him on social media:

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You will be missed Stan. Rest in peace. ❤️

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