Lee and Jack Kirby founded the company in 1961, beginning with The Fantastic Four and going on to create titles such as Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk. The gossip site reports an ambulance was called to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early Monday and he died at a nearby medical center. In recent years Lee enjoyed a steady movie career, making a cameo in every MCU film to date. Later that year, he co-created his first superhero - the Destroyer - and continued on to become editor-in-chief at age 19.
It's a sad day for Marvel Comic and superhero fans across the globe.
Stan Lee tweeted just yesterday, with the below message.
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Jeff Kline, executive producer of the "Men in Black" animated television series once said: "The beauty of Stan Lee's characters is that they were characters first and superheroes next". "That's the reason I have to wear eyeglasses now - I'm going blind reading them all, but it's well worth it".
Lee stopped writing monthly comics in 1972 with his final issues of both Amazing Spider-Man and Fantastic Four out that year, and eventually left active duty at Marvel in the late '90s.
You can see his Marvel cameos and more in the below video. Spider-Man did even better, taking in more than US$400m in 2002. One, the Moleman, went bad when he was ostracized because of his appearance, Lee wrote, adding it was "almost unheard of in a comic book" to explain why a character was what he was.
Lee married his wife, Joan, in 1947, two years after returning from serving as a playwright for the U.S. Army during World War II.