Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man, Hulk and Iron Man passes away
ORPHANS. The superheroes are mourning. He was the man who kept our childhood alive. Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee has died at 95. Lee was the creator of many characters. Among the most famous, Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, Iron Man, X-Men and Black Panther.
He was the father of Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and a batallion of other Marvel Comics superheroes who became mythic figures in pop culture with wondrous success at the box office movie. Stan Lee died at the age of 95.
Lee was born Stanley Lee Lieber to Romanian-born Jewish immigrants in New York City. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx at 16, and after working odd jobs, was hired as an assistant at Timely Comics where his cousin's husband worked. He first used the pseudonym Stan Lee, which he would later adopt as his legal name, in the May 1941.
"His fans loved him, he was irreplaceable"
Lee's adventure as a writer and publisher began in the 1960s when he created, in collaboration with artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, superheroes who will captivate generations of young readers creating at the same time the meteoric rise of the Marvel's brand in an enormous comic book success.
"He felt an obligation to his fans to keep creating," his daughter JC Lee said in a statement to Reuters.
"He loved his life and loved what he was doing in life, his family loved him and his fans loved him, he was irreplaceable," she added.
The Americans already knew the superheroes before Lee, thanks in part to the 1938 launch of Superman by Detective Comics, the company that would become DC Comics, one of Marvel's main competitors.
Human beings behind their superheroe costumes
Stan Lee's heroes, however, have an originality, that of resembling human beings behind their superheroe costumes.
"I thought it would be fun to learn a bit more about their privacy, their personality and to show that they are human and great," Lee told NPR Newsin 2010.
Among his famous creations, we find Spider-Man, the teenager who canvasses canvas, the muscular Hulk, the mutant outsiders of the X-Men, the close-knit Fantastic Four and the playboy-inventor Tony Stark, better known as Iron Man. Dozens of Marvel Comics films, containing almost all the main characters created by Lee, were produced in the first decades of the 21st century, bringing in more than $ 20 billion in movie theaters around the world, according to the box office analysts.
Making discrete appearances in the Marvel universe
In the meantime, Lee did not greatly benefit from the manna generated by Marvel's cinematic activity, which he contested. In a 1998 contract, he fought a 10% profit clause from movies and TV shows with Marvel characters. In 2002, he sued to claim his share, several months after the conquest of cinemas by Spider-Man. In a court settlement three years later, he received a one-time payment of US $ 10 million.
In recent years, Stan Lee had also found himself an unusual activity: making discrete appearances in films from the Marvel universe. And with the pace of production of the license, the opportunities to make these cameos have been numerous.
An ambulance called
In 2002's Spider-Man, the genius was pulling a girl away from falling debris and serving as an emcee at a strip club in 2016's Deadpool.
Stan Lee's daughter did not mention the cause of her father's death but the TMZ celebrity news website said an ambulance was called to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early Monday (local time) and that he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. According to TMZ , Lee suffered a number of illnesses over the last year, including pneumonia.
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