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Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee Dead at Age 95
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Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee Dead at Age 95

Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee Dead at Age 95

It is with tremendous sadness that ComingSoon.net (via The Hollywood Reporter) brings word that Marvel Comics legend and long-time impresario Stan Lee has passed away at age 95. Known affectionately as Stan “The Man” Lee, he had been in ill health in recent months and had stopped doing convention appearances earlier this year. He was rushed from his home in the Hollywood Hills early this morning via ambulance to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died.

RELATED: Steve Ditko, Comic Book Legend & Co-Creator of Spider-Man, Dead at 90

Born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922, he is best known as the co-creator of most of the major characters at the genesis of the Marvel Universe. His career at publisher Martin Goodman’s company began in 1939 when he became an assistant at what was then-known as Timely Comics. He spent the next few decades writing romance and western comics, but by the end of the 50’s the company was struggling. In a last-ditch effort, Lee decided to try to match the popularity of DC’s “Justice League” with “Fantastic Four” #1 in November of 1961. Co-created with artist Jack Kirby, the team was immediately popular and revolutionized the superhero genre by exploring the heroes’ flaws, vulnerabilities, failures and interpersonal conflicts.

An avalanche of new hero books followed with Kirby, including The Incredible Hulk, The Mighty Thor, The Invincible Iron Man, The Astonishing Ant-Man and The Uncanny X-Men. With Steve Ditko he co-created Doctor Strange and Spider-Man (arguably the company’s most iconic character), as well as Daredevil with Bill Everett. He also revived old Timely heroes from the 1940’s including Sub-Mariner and Joe Simon & Jack Kirby’s Captain America. The team-up group The Avengers followed in 1963.  While other iconic characters followed including The Inhumans, Silver Surfer, Black Panther (the first black superhero in mainstream comics) and The Falcon, Lee’s main creative contributions in the early 60’s formed the core of Marvel Comics.

For nearly six decades Lee has been the genial face of Marvel, starting in the editorial backpages of the comic books where he addressed readers directly in neo-bohemian style through “Bullpen Bulletins” and “Stan’s Soapbox.” These columns also championed progressive social causes and the burgeoning issues of racism and Civil Rights. This connection to fans was strengthened by Lee’s steady lecture tours on college campuses as well as frequent convention appearances.

Lee may have become the friendly face of Marvel, but he was not without his share of controversies. His relationships with both Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko deteriorated over issues related to ownership and Lee taking credit for what both artists felt was minmal input in the creation of the characters. Both men left the company and never reconciled with Lee.

RELATED: Stan Lee Visits the Set of Avengers: Infinity War

While he would periodically dabble in comics, Lee eventually left his editorial capacity at Marvel Comics to start the Spider-Man comic strip with John Romita Sr. and to try to bring his beloved creations to both the big and small screen. While the company had a major success on television with The Incredible Hulk series, other characters such as Spider-Man, Captain America and Doctor Strange failed to translate successfully on the small screen. Big screen success also eluded Marvel, with films such as 1986’s Howard the Duck, 1989’s The Punisher and 1994’s Fantastic Four all bombing and, in the latter’s case, never even seeing the light of day.

Things turned around in 1998 when Blade made it’s successful debut in theaters, with the Wesley Snipes vampire hunter leading the way for other Marvel characters to hit the big screen including X-Men, Spider-Man, Hulk, Daredevil, The Punisher, Fantastic Four and Ghost Rider. In 2006 Kevin Feige and producer Avi Arad began Marvel Studios, with 2008’s Iron Man and The Incredible Hulk leading the way for what was to become one of the most successful cinematic franchises of all-time, and the first true cinematic shared universe. Lee served as executive producer on all these films, and became famous for making cameos in nearly every one alongside his famous creations such as Thor, Black Panther, Doctor Strange and Ant-Man.

“My father loved all of his fans,” said Lee’s daughter J.C. Lee. “He was the greatest, most decent man.”

“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.”

Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige also paid tribute. “No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee,” Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige said. “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!”

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The Top 10 Stan Lee Cinematic and TV Cameos
Earlier this week, comic book legend Stan Lee passed away, leaving a monumental legacy behind. He always championed the importance of comic books, before eventually crusading to bring these characters to life on the big screen. A small part of that legacy was having the luxury of seeing his creations come to fruition in the public conscious.

As Hollywood began to help popularize comic book movies, Lee was an increasingly omnipresent figure. At a certain point, Lee’s cameos became a staple of Marvel Movies. They also trained audiences to expect an appearance of some sort in just about every comic book movie. So much so that Lee even appeared in comic book properties that he had no hand in creating.

Lee was revered for his influence in popular culture, and his cameos in various Marvel movies will stand the test of time. There’s something so reverential about the way that Lee was vindicated in the last few decades of his life. With that said, here are Stan Lee’s top 10 cameos throughout his career.

10. Deadpool
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Top 10 Stan Lee Cameos

Lee was known for his jovial, cheesy and family friendly personality. One of the reasons that Lee’s cameo in 2016’s Deadpool feels so surprisingly perfect is the fact that is plays against his persona. Going into the movie, people weren’t really expecting a cameo from the X-Men co-creator. Lee had no connection to the creation of Deadpool, which is another reason that it works so well. It’s a surprising appearance, and it is certainly one of the most memorable.

9. X-Men: Apocalypse
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Top 10 Stan Lee Cameos

The prerequisite Stan Lee cameo in X-Men: Apocalypse is unusually dire compared to most of his other appearances. It happens near the climax of the movie, so it makes sense that this cameo leans into the dramatic. X-Men: Apocalypse is also notable in terms of because it marks his only on screen appearance with his late wife, Joan Lee. That makes it a bit bittersweet in terms of context. It also utilizes Lee’s trademark sunglasses in an inventive way.

8. Avengers: Age of Ultron
image: https://cdn1-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/stan-lee-age-of-ultron.jpg

stan lee

Avengers: Age of Ultron is certainly a flawed movie. Regardless, it certainly has perhaps the most entertaining one-liner of all Lee’s appearances. This was the first time that Lee had appeared on screen with Thor, but the sardonic tone of their interaction just works so well. Lee’s Age of Ultron cameo is also notable because it acknowledges the three years that he spent in the military. The whole party sequence in the film is a complete blast. But this scene in particular never really gets old no matter how much you watch it.

7. Fantastic Four
image: https://cdn3-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/stan-lee-fantastic-four.jpg

stan lee

2005’s Fantastic Four proved to be somewhat of a blunder, but it actually provides one of the best Stan Lee cameos in any Marvel movie. It’s not necessarily super exciting, but it does represent one of the only times that Lee actually played a character that he created. In this case, it was Willie Lumpkin, the mail carrier who greets the team when they arrive back at the Baxter building. It’s short, sweet and to the point. It’s also some of the most on screen dialogue that Lee ever received.

6. Teen Titans GO! To The Movies
image: https://cdn2-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/stan-lee-teen-titans-go-to-the-movies.jpg

stan lee

It feels slightly blasphemous to include a DC film on this list. At the same time, if Lee was willing to make a cameo in a DC film then there’s no reason not to include it on this list. Teen Titans GO! To the Movies came out earlier this year, and it includes one of the most delightfully surprising Stan Lee cameos of all time. Part of the reason why this is so delightful is that it pokes fun at the idea of Lee’s big screen appearances in the first place.

5. Spider-Man: The Animated Series
image: https://cdn1-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/stan-lee-spider-man-animated-series.jpg

stan lee

Lee’s appearance on Spider-Man: The Animated Series is kind of cheesy and on the nose. But it’s probably where many fans from the ’90s were actually be exposed to Lee. He was certainly well known by this time, but this also marked the first of many Lee’s cameos that would break the fourth wall in terms of his persona. There’s a certain self-awareness about all of Stan Lee’s various cameos, but rarely more so than here.

4. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
image: https://cdn1-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/stan-lee-guardians-2.jpg

stan lee

From the outset, Lee’s cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 literally comes out of nowhere. It initially seems insignificant, but this film has perhaps the biggest implications for his MCU appearances. Lee references another cameo in Captain America: Civil War where he played a “postman.” This seemingly confirmed the theory that Lee was indeed a member of The Watchers in the MCU. In addition, it also provides some sort of loose reasoning as to why Lee appears in all of theses movies. That alone make it an endlessly fascinating scene.

3. The Amazing Spider-Man
image: https://cdn1-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/Stan-Lee-in-The-Amazing-Spider-Man.jpg

stan lee

There’s not much importance to Stan Lee’s cameo in The Amazing Spider-Man. But it certainly provides the most entertaining use of Lee in any of his appearances. Lee had been used sparingly in Sam Rami’s trilogy, but it was Marc Webb’s first film that provided audiences with one of his most entertaining cameos. It’s great to see Lee used well in an action scene. At the same time, there’s also something wonderful about seeing Lee finally being saved by his greatest creation. In hindsight, it’s slightly poetic, but it’s mostly just a fun, creative use of Lee.

2. The Incredible Hulk
image: https://cdn3-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/stan-lee-Incredible-Hulk.jpg

stan lee

It’s interesting how one of the most underappreciated MCU movies has perhaps the best Stan Lee Cameo. In terms of integration to the story, this cameo in particular makes the best use of Lee as a plot device. There are so many movies where his cameos felt like an afterthought. However, Lee’s scene in The Incredible Hulk offers a crucial turning point in the story. After Lee’s passing, the scene gains a slightly more morbid context. But that doesn’t change the fact that the film makes great use of Lee in a very brief role.

1. Mallrats
image: https://cdn3-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/stan-lee-mallrats-cameo.jpg

stan lee

Out of all of Stan Lee’s many cinematic appearances, it’s slightly ironic that his most enduring cameo would be in a non-Marvel movie. There’s just something about Lee’s cameo in Mallrats that feels like a timeless encapsulation of the creator’s work. It’s certainly Lee’s most earnest cameo. Out of all Lee’s cinematic experiences, this scene feels like the closest thing to a performance that we would ever get. Mallrats is also notable for it’s importance in building the persona of Stan Lee that we know today. Mallrats really signified who he would become in the two decades that followed.

What’s your favorite Stan Lee cameo? Let us know in the comments below!


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TAYLOR SALANNOV 17, 2018
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The Top 10 Stan Lee Cinematic and TV Cameos
Earlier this week, comic book legend Stan Lee passed away, leaving a monumental legacy behind. He always championed the importance of comic books, before eventually crusading to bring these characters to life on the big screen. A small part of that legacy was having the luxury of seeing his creations come to fruition in the public conscious.

As Hollywood began to help popularize comic book movies, Lee was an increasingly omnipresent figure. At a certain point, Lee’s cameos became a staple of Marvel Movies. They also trained audiences to expect an appearance of some sort in just about every comic book movie. So much so that Lee even appeared in comic book properties that he had no hand in creating.

Lee was revered for his influence in popular culture, and his cameos in various Marvel movies will stand the test of time. There’s something so reverential about the way that Lee was vindicated in the last few decades of his life. With that said, here are Stan Lee’s top 10 cameos throughout his career.

10. Deadpool
image: https://cdn2-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/stan-lee-deadpool.png

Top 10 Stan Lee Cameos

Lee was known for his jovial, cheesy and family friendly personality. One of the reasons that Lee’s cameo in 2016’s Deadpool feels so surprisingly perfect is the fact that is plays against his persona. Going into the movie, people weren’t really expecting a cameo from the X-Men co-creator. Lee had no connection to the creation of Deadpool, which is another reason that it works so well. It’s a surprising appearance, and it is certainly one of the most memorable.

9. X-Men: Apocalypse
image: https://cdn2-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/stan-joan-lee-apocalypse-cameo-1008798-1280x0.jpg

Top 10 Stan Lee Cameos

The prerequisite Stan Lee cameo in X-Men: Apocalypse is unusually dire compared to most of his other appearances. It happens near the climax of the movie, so it makes sense that this cameo leans into the dramatic. X-Men: Apocalypse is also notable in terms of because it marks his only on screen appearance with his late wife, Joan Lee. That makes it a bit bittersweet in terms of context. It also utilizes Lee’s trademark sunglasses in an inventive way.

8. Avengers: Age of Ultron
image: https://cdn1-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/stan-lee-age-of-ultron.jpg

stan lee

Avengers: Age of Ultron is certainly a flawed movie. Regardless, it certainly has perhaps the most entertaining one-liner of all Lee’s appearances. This was the first time that Lee had appeared on screen with Thor, but the sardonic tone of their interaction just works so well. Lee’s Age of Ultron cameo is also notable because it acknowledges the three years that he spent in the military. The whole party sequence in the film is a complete blast. But this scene in particular never really gets old no matter how much you watch it.

7. Fantastic Four
image: https://cdn3-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/stan-lee-fantastic-four.jpg

stan lee

2005’s Fantastic Four proved to be somewhat of a blunder, but it actually provides one of the best Stan Lee cameos in any Marvel movie. It’s not necessarily super exciting, but it does represent one of the only times that Lee actually played a character that he created. In this case, it was Willie Lumpkin, the mail carrier who greets the team when they arrive back at the Baxter building. It’s short, sweet and to the point. It’s also some of the most on screen dialogue that Lee ever received.

6. Teen Titans GO! To The Movies
image: https://cdn2-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/stan-lee-teen-titans-go-to-the-movies.jpg

stan lee

It feels slightly blasphemous to include a DC film on this list. At the same time, if Lee was willing to make a cameo in a DC film then there’s no reason not to include it on this list. Teen Titans GO! To the Movies came out earlier this year, and it includes one of the most delightfully surprising Stan Lee cameos of all time. Part of the reason why this is so delightful is that it pokes fun at the idea of Lee’s big screen appearances in the first place.

5. Spider-Man: The Animated Series
image: https://cdn1-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/stan-lee-spider-man-animated-series.jpg

stan lee

Lee’s appearance on Spider-Man: The Animated Series is kind of cheesy and on the nose. But it’s probably where many fans from the ’90s were actually be exposed to Lee. He was certainly well known by this time, but this also marked the first of many Lee’s cameos that would break the fourth wall in terms of his persona. There’s a certain self-awareness about all of Stan Lee’s various cameos, but rarely more so than here.

4. Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2
image: https://cdn1-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/stan-lee-guardians-2.jpg

stan lee

From the outset, Lee’s cameo in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 literally comes out of nowhere. It initially seems insignificant, but this film has perhaps the biggest implications for his MCU appearances. Lee references another cameo in Captain America: Civil War where he played a “postman.” This seemingly confirmed the theory that Lee was indeed a member of The Watchers in the MCU. In addition, it also provides some sort of loose reasoning as to why Lee appears in all of theses movies. That alone make it an endlessly fascinating scene.

3. The Amazing Spider-Man
image: https://cdn1-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/Stan-Lee-in-The-Amazing-Spider-Man.jpg

stan lee

There’s not much importance to Stan Lee’s cameo in The Amazing Spider-Man. But it certainly provides the most entertaining use of Lee in any of his appearances. Lee had been used sparingly in Sam Rami’s trilogy, but it was Marc Webb’s first film that provided audiences with one of his most entertaining cameos. It’s great to see Lee used well in an action scene. At the same time, there’s also something wonderful about seeing Lee finally being saved by his greatest creation. In hindsight, it’s slightly poetic, but it’s mostly just a fun, creative use of Lee.

2. The Incredible Hulk
image: https://cdn3-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/stan-lee-Incredible-Hulk.jpg

stan lee

It’s interesting how one of the most underappreciated MCU movies has perhaps the best Stan Lee Cameo. In terms of integration to the story, this cameo in particular makes the best use of Lee as a plot device. There are so many movies where his cameos felt like an afterthought. However, Lee’s scene in The Incredible Hulk offers a crucial turning point in the story. After Lee’s passing, the scene gains a slightly more morbid context. But that doesn’t change the fact that the film makes great use of Lee in a very brief role.

1. Mallrats
image: https://cdn3-www.superherohype.com/assets/uploads/2018/11/stan-lee-mallrats-cameo.jpg

stan lee

Out of all of Stan Lee’s many cinematic appearances, it’s slightly ironic that his most enduring cameo would be in a non-Marvel movie. There’s just something about Lee’s cameo in Mallrats that feels like a timeless encapsulation of the creator’s work. It’s certainly Lee’s most earnest cameo. Out of all Lee’s cinematic experiences, this scene feels like the closest thing to a performance that we would ever get. Mallrats is also notable for it’s importance in building the persona of Stan Lee that we know today. Mallrats really signified who he would become in the two decades that followed.

What’s your favorite Stan Lee cameo? Let us know in the comments below!


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elebrating the Life and Legacy of Stan Lee
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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Stan Lee
Earlier this week, comic book legend Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95. As one of the most notable and influential pop culture figures of the last century, Lee’s passing marks the end of an era. Anyone who knows anything about popular culture knows how monumental of a loss this is to the world. Right after the news hit, creators from all walks of life shared their condolences about the loss of a person who was quite simply a legend. It’s easy for even the layman to see how many lives were touched by Lee’s work. Simply put, the impact of the numerous characters that he created or co-created remains unmatched.

More importantly, the influence of these characters on society as a whole has created a modern-day phenomenon that is both timeless and ageless. Superheroes are the closest thing to modern day mythology that we currently have. Aside from the mythic power struggles; superheroes provide the hope and optimism that so much of the world seems to lack. In an era of moral and ethical complexity, it’s easy to look at both Lee and the characters that he created as a shining beacon of hope in an otherwise dreary cultural landscape. But now is not the time to mourn. Rather, we should use this time to celebrate the incredible, unbelievable and amazing life of Stan Lee.

The father of superheroes was born Stanley Martin Leiber on December 22, 1922 in New York City. Lee came from humble beginnings, and his influences came largely books and movies. Lee gravitated to heroic roles in films, specifically those played by Hollywood legend Errol Flynn. Lee graduated high school in 1939 at the age of 16. With the help of his uncle, Lee became an assistant for Timely Comics – the same publisher that would eventually become Marvel. When Lee was hired, he was often stuck doing mundane assistant tasks such as refilling the various artists’ inkwells and grabbing lunch. However, he quickly rose up the ranks before becoming a writer in 1941. He also co-created the first of many characters that same year.

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When Joe Simon and Jack Kirby left in late 1941, Lee was named interim editor, a position that he held for over 30 years. Lee left his position for three years to serve in the U.S. army. During his time in the service, Lee was in the Signal Corps and eventually moved to the training film division of the military. Lee returned to his position after the war, where he continued to write stories in a surprising variety of genres that included western, horror, romance, suspense and even science fiction. However, by the ’50s, Lee was beginning to grow bored with his career and he nearly quit the company; which was called Atlas Comics at the time. Luckily he didn’t, because the pop culture landscape might very well not be the same.

In the late ’50s, comics began gravitating toward superhero stories. This was due in part to the successful revival of DC second tier heroes, which took place around the same time. This shift in the cultural landscape also inspired Lee to create his most indelible and well know work. Lee and Kirby started with Fantastic Four in 1961, but they eventually expanded their line. That resulted in characters and teams including the X-Men, Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, and the Avengers to name a few. Perhaps the most important of Lee’s creations is none other than Spider-Man. Lee was able to bring a sense of complex humanity to his creations, and Spider-Man is the complete embodiment of that notion. These characters had regular problems that everyone had to deal with, which was revolutionary at the time.

Lee’s clout within the industry was solidified throughout the ’60s. Aside form the iconic characters that he co-created; Lee also established the first inklings of a shared continuity between properties. More importantly, Lee also advocated for the regular inclusion of a credit panel on the splash page of every book that was published. This not only properly credited the writer and artist, but also inkers, colorists, and letterers. Lee often collaborated with artists (including the legendary Steve Ditko) on stories, a technique that became affectionately called “the Marvel method”. By having a critical but limited hands-on approach, Lee was able to build the Marvel Empire throughout the rest of the decade, page by page.

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Conversely, the following two decades would not bode as well for Lee. In 1972, Lee left his writing position at Marvel to assume the role of publisher. Lee had become the face of Marvel by this point. He made various public appearances throughout the country – a trend he would continue into his 90’s. Lee continued to write new comic book stories here and there, until deciding to move to California in 1981 to shepherd Marvel’s TV and Movie projects. Some early Marvel TV adaptations such as The Incredible Hulk had moderate success in the decade prior. But it was Lee who saw the early potential for live-action versions of these iconic characters. Although it would take a few decades for that to truly come to fruition.

By the end of the ’90s, Lee had managed to make headway on this goal. Lee’s name accompanied just about every Marvel TV and film project moving forward, a move that would cement his legacy outside of comics. Early animated properties such as X-Men and Spider-Man were perhaps the most successful of these initial attempts at a shared Marvel universe within another medium. These two series in particular inspired new generation of comic book lovers, and Lee’s influence would be crucial to their success. Starting a few decades prior, Lee had always been trying to change people’s perceptions about the value comic books.

This was a crucial time for Lee in terms of branding himself as the perennial godfather of Marvel as a whole. For casual fans, Lee is best known for his various cameos in Marvel films and television shows. Lee’s first ever cameo was in 1989’s Trial of the Incredible Hulk as a jury member. He also had memorable cameos in Mallrats and Spider-Man: The Animated Series, which furthered established his public persona.

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Near the end of the ’90s, Marvel was teetering on the verge of bankruptcy. Lee had spent years championing a big-budget film adaptation of Spider-Man, but the film found itself in development Hell for years. In 1998, Lee traded his back end movie and TV percentages for what seemed like a lucrative deal: $10 Million up front, plus “about a million per year for life.” While this is nothing to scoff at, it pales in comparison to the billions that his creations would be making only a few decades later.

The new millennium would see Lee’s meteoric rise as the world’s most famous comic book personality, at least in terms of the general public perception. Lee’s cameos began to increase as a result, with his first speaking role coming in 2003’s Hulk. Just about every Marvel movie thereafter would feature Lee in some sort of appearance, even if he was only tangentially related to the property. Outside of appearing in Marvel movies, Lee also kept busy making a living off of his public appearances and various non-Marvel projects.

But as much as the last few decades have been crucial to cementing Lee’s persona, it also began to challenge his legacy. It would be irresponsible to talk about the impact of Stan Lee’s career without at least touching upon the controversy that surrounded his career. You can read about the full history here. Suffice to say that the estates of both Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko have challenged Lee’s claim to so many characters, citing minimal input in certain occasions. Aside from this, Lee’s last few years saw numerous lawsuits, allegations of sexual misconduct, and elder abuse by Lee’s handlers. It’s a rather unfortunate end to a life that lasted nearly a century. But unfortunately, it’s all too common among comic book creators.

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Celebrating the Life and Legacy of Stan Lee

We won’t know for some time how these things might affect Lee’s legacy as a whole, but we do know that it also doesn’t change the impact he had on people. Stan Lee lived a full life, and it’s hard to be sad for anyone who accomplished so much while he was with us. What is so incredible about Lee is how happy it made him bring such positivity and warmth to the world. Lee’s contributions to comics managed to change lives for the better. Lee championed comic books as method for teaching children and inspiring them to read. He also gave people who felt like outsiders, misfits, and geeks a sense of belonging with his storytelling.

Lee’s stories managed to tap into some cerebral part of the public conscious that resonates even stronger today. With the exception of George Lucas, there really hasn’t been a creator or a celebrity with more influential on the past century than Lee. There are many who owe their careers and livelihoods to Lee. Even Superhero Hype itself wouldn’t exist without Lee’s influence. His impact on the public consciousness can’t be overstated, both in terms of creative and business foresight. There’s not other way to put it. Stan Lee is an absolute legend. And his impact is likely to remain for a very long time. But what will never change is the fact that Stan Lee was a man who changed the world for the better. In the words of Lee, Excelsior!

Share your thoughts and memories about Stan Lee in the comment section below!


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