Arts & Entertainment

Stan Lee, Creator of Marvel's Comic Book Empire, Has Died at 95

He was the mind behind Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, and many more.
IMAGE Getty Images
Comments

Stan Lee—the comic book icon who created the Marvel Universe—has died at the age of 95, TMZ is reporting. After a year of poor health, including a bout of pneumonia, Lee died in an L.A. hospital, according to TMZ. Having started Marvel comics in 1961 with Jack Kirby, Lee created some of the most iconic superhero characters of all time, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, The Incredible Hulk, and Black Panther, along with the Avengers. 

He is the man behind what has become the most powerful force in Hollywood—the Marvel Cinematic Universe—a multi-billion dollar film franchise that includes nearly 20 movies and the massive Avengers series. Since the revitalization of the characters in 2010 with Iron Man, Lee's characters have anchored some of the highest grossing movies of all time. He told Esquire in 2012 that his favorite part of his long legacy was seeing characters he put on paper in the '60s become living breathing people in the movies. 

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

"When you can sit down with a plain sheet of paper in front of you and make some notes, and, little by little, you see it take shape and become a concept for a movie or a TV show. That's a real thrill," Lee told Esquire. "You watch it go from notes on a paper to a meeting with writers and directors and actors. I can't think of anything that's more exciting." 

Lee was born in Manhattan in 1922 and grew up during the Depression, where he'd write to pass the time. That became one of the greatest American success stories of all time, when Lee turned his passion for imagination into one of the two most iconic comic book publishers of all time, along with some of the most beloved characters on print or film. 

"The most important thing in those days was the cover. All these books were on the newsstand, and you had to hope your cover would compel somebody to buy the book. And everything depended on the name," he told Inc in 2009. "A character like Hurricane was a guy who ran very fast. Later on, when I was looking for new superheroes, it occurred to me that somebody crawling on walls would be interesting. I thought, Mosquito Man? It didn't sound very glamorous. Fly Man? I went down the list and came to Spider-Man. That was it." 

ADVERTISEMENT - CONTINUE READING BELOW

In recent years, Lee is best known to a younger generations for his cameos in every Marvel movie since 1989.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.com. Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

Comments
View More Articles About:
About The Author
Matt Miller
Matt Miller is the Associate Culture Editor for Esquire.com
View Other Articles From Matt
Comments
Latest Feed
 
Share
Loading screens will soon feel as antiquated as sticking cartridges into your N64
 
Share
The HBO show might be over, but A Song of Ice and Fire still has two books to go.
 
Share
Snap your summer pics with a OneStep 2 camera on Stranger Things-inspired film.
 
Share
New series like Russian Doll, I Think You Should Leave, and Special are the anti-Game of Thrones
 
Share
A new, non-surgical treatment claims to eradicate droopy jowls in under an hour. But is it too good to be true? Rob Crossan tries to roll back the years with a bout of 'Ultherapy.'
 
Share
A new study shows that a not-zero percentage of dudes enlist their buddies' help in grooming "down there."
 
Share
Not as awkward as destroying a city and murdering innocents with a dragon, but still quite awkward
 
Share
Huni Lio is Ayala Land's sustainable, eco-friendly, and inexpensive resort in El Nido, Palawan,.
 
Share
You don't have to go far from the city to get to some of the best snorkeling spots in the Philippines.
Load More Articles
Connect With Us