Tragic headlines this morning as checked my twitter today, THR is reporting that Stan Lee, the legendary chief writer and editor and publisher of Marvel Comics. Lee helped imagine numerous of the mighty, uncanny, amazing, and fantastic superheroes of the 20th century. Lee was a major force behind the breakout successes of the comic-book industry in the 1960s and early ’70s died on Monday in Los Angeles. He was 95.
Lee with the aid other artist-writer collaborators Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, and others, co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, X-Men, The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Ant-Man, as well as Abomination, Doctor Doom, Elektro, Man-Thing, Kraven, Groot, Doctor Octopus, Galactus, Nick Fury, and even Captain Marvel.
Lee was for many the personification of Marvel, if not comic books in general, and oversaw his company’s emergence as an international media behemoth. In 2009, the Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, and most of the top-grossing superhero films of all time — led by The Avengers‘ $1.52 billion worldwide take in 2012 — featured Marvel characters.
There’s no question that Stan Lee moved all us in some form or another with his entertainment. No matter if you’re a comic book fan or not. Young and old for decades he provided most of our childhoods with wonderment and adventure.
Excelsior!!! To you Mr. Lee and may you rest in peace and thank for a wonderful childhood!