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One of the masterminds behind the Marvel Comics universe, Stan Lee, recently died at the age of 95.
Lee was the creator of many iconic comic-book heroes that we know and love, including characters like the X-Men, Spider-Man, the Avengers, Black Panther and the Fantastic Four.
These characters used to amaze the avid comic book fan, but since their appearance on budget-bursting films over the past few decades, the world has gotten to see the characters and are familiar with them. It was through these massive and lucrative films that brought Disney to buying out Marvel for $4 billion in 2009.
Marvel and Disney owe a lot to Lee and published an essay honouring Lee for his commitment to the comics. They stated that they “salute the life and career of Stan Lee and offer their undying gratitude for his unmatchable accomplishments within their halls. Every time you open a Marvel comic, Stan will be there.”
Robert Iger, Disney’s chairman and CEO stated in that essay as well that “Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”
Lee’s work in creating characters for Marvel started in the 1960s and spanned to the early 1970s. But even as he stopped making characters that didn’t stop him from being involved. In every Marvel movie ever made Stan Lee was involved in the production of those films. He also made an appearance within those movies often making a quick and witty comment.
As for the characters that he made, he made them in such a unique way that he was known for this technique. He imbued the heroes he made with various flaws that were rarely visible among other comic-book protagonists. Examples of these were jealousy, pride, and in some cases financial constraints.
His voice even extended beyond the messages he was making through his comic books. One of the most notable ones was his monthly column in newspapers simply called Stan’s Soapbox.
But some other things people might not know about Lee was that he was also involved in World War 2. A veteran himself, he served in the signal corps. The last post that was made on Stan Lee’s Twitter account commemorated Veterans Day and shared a picture.
But even with Stan Lee passing, this isn’t a sign of comic-book films ending any time soon. When Stan Lee was asked on CNBC back in 2014 whether the films are over-saturating the movie industry or in Hollywood, Lee simply said “Oh, I don’t think it’s enough.”
“I think that they’ll just go on as long as we come up with good stores for them,” he added. And that’s quite true as many comic book writers at Marvel continue to use, expand, and develop the characters that Lee has left behind.