Marvel legend, Stan Lee, dies aged 95

Marvel legend Stan Lee, former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, reportedly died Monday, November 12.

(Stan Lee) BEHROUZ MEHRI/AFP/GETTY IMAGES

He was 95.

TMZ reported that he was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center Monday morning.

Lee’s daughter Joan Celia told TMZ, “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”

The Hollywood Reporter also reported the news .

Information about Lee's health has been scant over the years, but in February 2018, he was hospitalized for pneumonia .

Lee, born Stanley Martin Lieber, was living in New York when he first got into comics at 17. Thanks to a cousin, whose husband owned a publishing company, Lee started at Timely Comics, later known as Atlas, where he ran errands and helped around the office. Soon Lee contributed writing to an issue of “Captain America,” and by 19, he was made editor-in-chief .

After some time of disenchantment in the comic world, Lee and artist Jack Kirby found a smash hit with the introduction of “The Fantastic Four” in 1961. That same year, Atlas was rebranded to Marvel and the company took off, on its way to establishing a legacy. Lee and Kirby would go on to create iconic characters including Hulk, Thor, the X-Men, as well as form the Avengers. Lee and artist Steve Ditko created Spider-Man.

Marvel surpassed DC Comics by 1967 and Lee was made publisher in 1972. Less than 10 years later, Lee was off to California to try and bring more comics to both the small and big screens. He also briefly served as Marvel’s president.

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