Pop culture fans are mourning the death of comics legend Stan Lee today at Cedars-Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles. He was 95.
Lee was the co-founder of Marvel Comics, a brand that became an entertainment juggernaut. He created characters and teams like The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, The X-Men, Thor, Black Panther and many others, who jumped from the comic books to cartoons, TV shows and movies, becoming part of our modern mythology.
Those characters were more than just self-righteous good guys beating up the bad guys. They had layers, conflicts, doubts. And to those who think comics characters have only recently become “social justice warriors,” see what Lee had to say about it in 1968:
— Melissa Anelli (@melissaanelli) November 12, 2018
And more recently, he had things to say about bigotry within the comics industry.
At Marvel, "the only things we DON'T have room for are hatred, intolerance and bigotry. That man next to you? He's your brother. That woman over there? She's your sister."#RIP #StanLee
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— Carl Quintanilla (@carlquintanilla) November 12, 2018
Lee was a beloved frequent attendee of comic conventions, including the one that bore his name, Stan Lee’s Comickaze. And no Marvel film felt complete without a Stan Lee cameo.
Lee began suffering health problems after the death of his wife, Joan, in 2017. During that time, Lee was also at the center of legal troubles. He filed lawsuits against another company he had founded, and against his former business manager, while also obtaining a restraining order against a man who’d been handling his affairs. Last April, writer/director Kevin Smith even offered to let Lee live with him.
More recently, Lee became active again on Twitter. His last post was a photo of himself during his military service.
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) November 11, 2018
Tributes began pouring in shortly after his death was reported by TMZ and other Hollywood media.
He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark. His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan.
— DC (@DCComics) November 12, 2018
Had the pleasure of working with @TheRealStanLee on a few occasions in the voice booth on Ultimate Spider-Man. He signed my script to “Marvelous Matt”. Thank you for your warmth, kindness and creativity. #RIPStanLee
— Matt Lanter (@MattLanter) November 12, 2018
THANK YOU, @TheRealStanLee. You gave us characters that continue to stand the test of time and evolve with our consciousness. You taught us that there are no limits to our future as long as we have access to our imagination. Rest in power! #EXCELSIOR #StanLee #rip pic.twitter.com/hnSmnHIDln
— Winston Duke (@Winston_Duke) November 12, 2018
— Doctor Who Online (@DrWhoOnline) November 12, 2018
Worked with @TheRealStanLee too many times to count, and every instance was memorable. But this moment with Stan & @therealadamwest (at @NY_Comic_Con) will comfort me forever. Truly one-of-a-kind people who made the world so much better. #RIPStanLee pic.twitter.com/ILCozyZfmP
— Gary Miereanu (@SuperPRGuy) November 12, 2018
Impossible to put into words the influence this remarkable man had on my formative years. Nothing I could say would do justice to this man's incredible legacy. Eternally grateful to him for making it ok to dream and fantasize about fantastical and implausible things. RIP #StanLee pic.twitter.com/whjk8E6DN9
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