Stan Lee, comic book writer, editor, publisher and former President of Marvel Comics has died at the age of 95. His death, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, was confirmed by Kirk Schenck, a lawyer for Mr. Lee’s daughter, J. C. Lee.
As chief writer and editor of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee helped create some of the most enduring superheroes of the 20th century and was a major force behind the successes of the comic-book industry in the 1960s and early ’70s.
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created,” Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger said in a statement. “A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”
President of Marvel Studios, Kevin Feige also paid tribute saying, “No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and the millions of fans who have been forever touched by Stan’s genius, charisma and heart. Excelsior!”
“There are so many of us who would not be the men and women we’ve become, and be where we are today, without the influence Stan Lee had on our lives; not only through the heroes he created and the lessons we learned from them, but from the example ‘The Man’ himself set in life.,” C.B. Cebulski Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment said in his statement, “The more I got to know Stan, the more I saw how he put a little piece of himself in each and every character he created, and by doing so, he allowed readers to see their own reflection and imagine the possibility that they, too, could transcend their problems and become something amazing, uncanny, and fantastic.”
He was survived by his daughter and younger brother Larry Lieber, a writer and artist for Marvel. His work and its impact on millions of lives over six decades will continue to shape the global entertainment industry well into the 21st Century.