Stan Lee: A Real Life Superhero

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Stan Lee: A Real Life Superhero

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Stan Lee, a true superhero, passed away November 12, 2018.He was a comic book writer, editor and publisher. But he was most famously known for his superhero movie cameos. He became the editor-in-chief, publisher, and later chairman of Marvel Comics. Lee created many favorite superheroes like Spider-Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-Men, Ant-Man, Iron Man, and Thor. He helped change a once small division called Timely Comics into the large and famous corporation…Marvel.

According to The Los Angeles Times online, Lee became an assistant at the new Timely Comics in 1939. “In those days [the artists] dipped the pen in ink, [so] I had to make sure the inkwells were filled,” Lee recalled in 2009. “I went down and got them their lunch, I did proofreading, I erased the pencils from the finished pages for them.” But young Stan Lee soon made his debut. The text filler was called “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge.” Later when other editors left, the publisher hired Lee as interim editor. Later, DC comics created the Justice League and the Flash. In response, Stan created the Fantastic Four. He later became the public face for Marvel Comics.

Much later in his life, things took a turn for the worst. Stan Lee (age 95) was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in L.A on November 12, 2018. He was brought there for heart failure and breathing issues earlier that Monday morning. Earlier this year he had revealed to the public that he had been battling aspiration pneumonia, irregular heartbeat, and vision issues. Roy Thomas, Marvel’s first successor as editor-in-chief had visited him earlier that week and said, “I think he was ready to go. But he was still talking about doing more cameos…He got a kick out of those more than anything else.” It was announced that Lee had passed on November 12, 2018 at 9:17 a.m.

Lee persisted through disapproving publishers to become a  superhero of his own in the industry. During his time at Marvel, he created many heroes that have become famous worldwide. 

“It’s fun doing something that hasn’t been done before.” -Stan Lee (December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018)

STAR POWER: Fans left memorials on Stan Lee’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to honor his memory and the impact he had on the world. Sidrao21 [CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)], from Wikimedia Commons

Sources: (Hollywood Reporter, Telegraph, New York Times, E.W.com, CNN, L.A Times)

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