HOLLYWOOD HILLS—Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee died on Monday, November 12 at the age of 95. TMZ reported that Lee’s daughter J.C. indicated that her father was rushed to Cedars-Sinai after a medical emergency earlier in the day where he later died. The Marvel comic book legend announced earlier in the year that he was battling pneumonia.
Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber in December 1922 in Manhattan, New York to Romanian-born Jewish immigrants. He became an assistant at Timely Comics in 1939, which later became Marvel Comics in the 1960s. He crafted his first character of the Marvel universe, Captain America in 1943 in “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge,” and adopted the pseudonym Stan Lee.
The first superheroes of the Marvel universe created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby were the Fantastic Four. Lee and Kirby co-created The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the mutants of X-Men, Spider-Man, Silver Surfer, Falcon, The Avengers, and many more.
Lee has made cameo appearances in almost every Marvel film to hit the big screen including “X-Men,” “Spider-Man” (2002), “Captain America,” “Thor” and so many other films most recently appearing “Avengers: Infinity War” and “Ant-Man and the Wasp.” His wife of 69 years, Joan, passed away at the age of 95 on July 6, 2017 from complications she suffered from a stroke.
In April 2018, The Hollywood Reporter published a story about potential elder abuse against Lee by his business manager Keya Morgan. Morgan was arrested on June 11 for filing a false police report. Lee filed a restraining order against Morgan on July 6, TMZ reported. The restraining order claimed that Morgan mishandled over $5 million of Lee’s funds. This is the second restraining order that Lee filed against Morgan. The first one was nullified, since it was filed by Tom Lallas, who no longer served as an attorney of Stan Lee.
Stars took to twitter to share their condolences in response to Lee’s passing. Ryan Reynolds who portrays the superhero Deadpool tweeted, “Damn…RIP Stan. Thanks for everything.” Hugh Jackman who portrayed “X-Men” mutant Wolverine tweeted, “We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and…to have helped bring one of his characters to life.”
Chris Pratt who portrays Star-Lord aka Peter Quill in the “Guardians of the Galaxy” franchise tweeted, “Thanks for everything Stan Lee! What a life, so well lived. I consider myself extraordinarily lucky to have gotten to meet you and to have played in the world you created.” Captain America aka actor Chris Evans tweeted, “There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!”
He was inducted into the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995 and received the National Medal of Arts in 2008. Lee is survived by his daughter J.C.