Stan Lee Showed The World That Superheroes Aren't Only For Comics

Yolanda Curtis
November 14, 2018

Dozens of tributes from celebrities and entertainment moguls poured in after news of Lee's death came to light, including Deadpool's Ryan Reynolds, X-Men's Hugh Jackman and Guardians of the Galaxy's Zoe Saldana.

"So touched by all of the celebrities posting pictures of themselves with Stan Lee...", he wrote sarcastically.

Lee and Gene Colan co-created the first Captain Marvel that debuted in December 1967. After Timely became Atlas and the WWII-era superhero fad cooled, Lee worked on romance, monster, and cowboy comics. It wasn't until the early 1960s that he would go on to change the face of comic books as we know them, introducing grounded superheroes with real, human flaws, starting with Spider-Man in 1962, debuting in the pages of Amazing Fantasy #15.

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The New Yorker, known for his distinctive tinted glasses and impish grin, ended up in the comics business by accident, thanks to an uncle who got him a job when he was a teenager filling artists' inkwells and fetching coffee. "Marvel Comics co-founder Stan Lee, Stan the man".

Marvel Comics luminary, the man responsible for creating dozens of comic book characters, and one of the best cameo actors in all of cinema history Stan Lee has sadly died. Spike Lee made his feature film directorial debut with She's Gotta Have It in 1986, making his first appearance on screen in the same film. Marvel's success was synonymous with the Stan Lee name, and the words "Stan Lee Presents" preceded story title and company pronouncements for decades.

Disney boss Bob Iger released a statement as part of a tribute on the official Marvel website. Lee and the likes of Kirby, Ditko, and John Romita Sr. laid groundwork that has turned into a web of characters who have lasted 50 years.

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There will never be another Stan Lee.

The comic book legend, whose wife of 69 years passed away in 2017, is survived by his daughter JC, who told TMZ: "My father loved all of his fans".

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