Stan Lee death: Legendary Marvel comic book writer behind Spider-Man and X-Men dies, aged 95

Lee co-created Marvel in 1961 with Jack Kirby

Clémence Michallon
New York
Monday 12 November 2018 20:18
Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee dies aged 95

Stan Lee, the co-creator of Marvel Comics, has died at the age of 95.

An ambulance was called to his home in Hollywood Hills on Monday morning and took him to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died, TMZ reports.

The comic book writer’s daughter confirmed her father’s death to the website and the Reuters news agency.

Lee had suffered from pneumonia in February this year. He also struggled with vision issues and had revealed in 2016 he could no longer read the comics he created.

Marvel began in 1961 with The Fantastic Four, a team of superheroes created by Lee and his colleague Jack Kirby, designed to appeal to an older audience at a time when comic books were mostly read by children.

Other characters co-created by Lee include Spider-Man, Black Panther, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, Thor, Iron Man, Daredevil and the X-Men.

Lee was also famous for making cameo appearances in almost all of the Marvel movies (his absence from the 2017 film Logan was promptly noticed by fans), typically showing up at slightly incongruous moments.

A native of Manhattan, New York City, Lee started out in 1939 as an assistant at Timely Comics, the company that would ultimately be rebranded as Marvel Comics.

He eventually became the face of Marvel, and published his last comics in 1972 to focus on his duties as publisher.

As the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, Lee is credited with reviving the industry in the 1960s by keeping the costumes and actions so beloved by younger readers, while adding more sophisticated plot, satire, science fiction, college-level dialogue, and even touches of philosophy.

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Stan Lee presents Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson at Stan Lee’s Los Angeles Comic-Con at Los Angeles Convention Center on 28 October, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Rich Polk/Getty Images for Entertainment Weekly)

“He felt an obligation to his fans to keep creating,” his daughter JC Lee said in a statement.

“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.”

The last tweet posted from Lee’s Twitter account featured a photo of him taken when he was serving in the US Army, which he entered in 1942. Lee has said that his title during the Second World War was “playwright”.

Lee’s relationship with Marvel was at times contentious. In 2002, the creator sued the company for royalties related to franchises such as Spider-Man, X-Men, and Hulk.

Marvel settled in 2005.

In January this year, Lee became caught up in the #MeToo movement when he was accused of sexually harassing his caretakers at his home in Los Angeles.

Lee denied the accusations at the time.

Agencies contributed to this report.

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