Stan Lee Has Died Aged 95
RIP Stan. 'Nuff Said.
98Stan Lee, co-creator of some of
modernculture's most iconic characters has died at 95.
The Hollywood Reporter reports that Stan Lee, the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics, died on Monday 12th November at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His health had been suffering recently, as would be expected at his age, and an ambulance was called to his home early Monday to take him to hospital. His death was later confirmed by his daughter.
Forming Marvel Comics with Steve Ditko back in 1961, Lee was the co-creator of superhero characters such as Spider-Man, The Uncanny X-Men, Black Panther, The Fantastic Four, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, The Mighty Thor and many other weird and wonderful heroes and villains.
At the time Lee took a different approach to his colourful characters and gave them something more than just clean cut, heroic traits, imbuing them with doubts, angst and other attributes that readers could better identify with. Serving as an 'ideas man,' Lee's writing was never more than perfunctory, he created an indelible template for others to pick up and run with. As a result, worlds, stories and characters were created that thrilled millions for over half a century.
Despite reduced circulation figures in the 90s, a resurgence occurred in the late 90s, starting with the Stephen Norrington directed Blade before Bryan Singer demonstrated that there was an audience for serious superhero movies with deeper themes such as persecution and alienation combined with spectacle on a grand scale.
Lee suffered a tumultuous last few years following the death of his beloved wife, Joan, and he became swept up with some unscrupulous business and legal partners.
There will be few who can deny the huge impact he has had on modern culture and from his humble beginnings, the all-conquering Marvel MCU arose to become a global enterprise that ensures most kids around the world have at least one T-shirt with Spider-Man or Scarlet Witch on it. His passing will even be acknowledged by those who had no interest in comic books but it will be felt most keenly by all those who grew up with his stories and yearned to adopt a secret identity, put on a colourful costume and rise to the challenge before them.
Goodbye Stan and thank you.
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