It’s devastating news for Marvel fans everywhere today, as the famous and much loved comic writer and editor, Stan Lee, has died at the age of 95 years old.
Stan Lee was the man behind the fan favourite Marvel, creating characters such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, X Men, Black Panther, The Hulk and many other superheroes from the Marvel Universe. His daughter, Joan Celia “J.C.” Lee confirmed his death to Reuters news agency. It was reported that he died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California.
Stan Lee, who started Marvel Comics in 1961, worked with a number of artists, such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, to help turn Marvel into a major comic book brand. Decades later, and it’s become much more than that, as Marvel is no doubt one of the biggest multimedia giants out there, with Marvel movies raking in the cash in recent years.
Prior to his death, Lee’s final years were horribly hectic. After his wife Joan, who he was married to for 69 years, died July last year due to complications from a stroke, then, Lee sued the executives of POW! Entertainment. The company was the one that he founded back in 2001 to develop films, TV and video game ventures.
Stan Lee sued the company for $1 billion, accusing them of fraud, but then abruptly stopped the lawsuit just weeks later. He also sued his former business manager and filed for a restraining order against a man who had been handling his business affairs. Then finally, back in June, Los Angeles Police Department had been investigating reports of elder abuse against him.
And, as if that wasn’t enough to endure, Lee also suffered several illnesses over the last year, including pneumonia and issues with his vision. Sadly, that was only part of his problems in his final years, as he also faced $1.4 million dollars going missing from his home, had a face-off with his former bodyguard, and another health scare, in relation to his worsening heart condition.
Stan Lee is survived by his only child, J.C. who spoke briefly to TMZ about her father. “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man” she said.
Not only was Stan Lee an amazing writer, but he was also a legendary figure in the world of superheroes and comics whom created amazing stories and characters throughout his lifetime. The next Marvel film slated for release is ‘Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse’ which will garner an extra amount of interest due to his recent passing. Rest in peace, Stan Lee, you’ll be dearly missed.
Story by Emily Clark
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