News - November 13, 2018

Stan Lee dies, age 95
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Stan Lee dies, age 95


Stan Lee, the writer, publisher, editor and all round “Generalissimo” of Marvel Comics, has died. The visionary behind so many of Marvel's most famous characters was taken to the Cedars-Sinai hospital in Los Angeles yesterday in response to a medical emergency, where he was later pronounced dead. He was 95.

Born Stanley Martin Lieber in New York City's Manhattan district, Lee was just 17 when he landed his first job as an assistant at Timely Comics, graduating quickly to the position of interim editor by the time he was 19. His early career was interrupted by the arrival of WWII, during which Lee served in the Signal Corps of the US Army, but Lee returned to Timely Comics after his service was completed.

It was during 1950s, when Timely rebranded to Atlas Comics, that Lee really began to make his mark. Tasked with coming up with idea for a new superhero team to rival the Justice League of America, Lee worked with artist Jack Kirby to create The Fantastic Four, introducing the more humanistic, flawed and sometimes vulnerable qualities that have since become the template for superhero characters.

Together with Kirby, Lee would co-create a whole string of the comic book world's most famous characters during the 1960s including The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man and the X-Men, later working with other artists such as Bill Everett, with whom Lee co-created Daredevil, and Steve Ditko, forming a partnership that would produce Doctor Strange and perhaps Marvel's most famous creation, Spider-Man.

During this era Lee revolutionised the way comic books were written and published, introducing a practice that would become known as 'the Marvel Method', in which artists essentially became co-plotters in the stories, working from a rough synopsis provided by Lee and working with him to flesh out and finalise storylines, under Lee's scripting and art direction. He also helped build a new kind of relationship between comic books and their community of fans, writing a monthly column called Stan's Soapbox and introducing the practice of crediting artists, colourists and inkers as well as writers for the stories published in his comics.

Lee ceased writing for comic books in 1972 to become a publisher, later becoming a figurehead for the Marvel brand and famously featuring in a series of cameos in Marvel movies and TV shows. His death has sent shockwaves throughout the comic book and movie industries and beyond, with tributes from all walks of life flooding social media in the hours following the announcement of his death.

You can find some of these below, which illustrate just how far-reaching Lee's influence has been not just in the world of comic books and movies, but on pop culture in general.

Rest in Peace, Stan Lee, and thanks for everything.









 

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