Skip to comments.Comic book genius Stan Lee, Spider-Man creator, dies at 95
Posted on 11/12/2018 11:20:55 AM PST by Morgana
LOS ANGELES (AP) Comic book genius Stan Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95.
The creative dynamo who revolutionized the comics by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk, was declared dead Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee's daughter, J.C. Lee.
As the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, he revived the industry in the 1960s by offering the costumes and action craved by younger readers while insisting on sophisticated plots, college-level dialogue, satire, science fiction, even philosophy.
Spider-Man, the Hulk and X-Men were among the Lee creations that went on to become stars of blockbuster films
Stan Lee posted to is Facebook page yesterday for Veteran's Day and thanking military members for their service. The comic book author served in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II.
Lee had become ill a few times in the past year, including pneumonia. His wife, Joan, died in 2017.
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I was just thinking about him the other day and wondering how he is. I knew he was very old, but WOW what an amazing man and an amazing life! He brought so much joy, fun, and imagination to generations of people. May he RIP!
another Hillary witness meets his Maker....
Truly great, but it was sad how he minimized Jack (King) Kirby’s role in Marvel’s creation and success.
Next perhaps to Frank Frazetta, Kirby the greatest artist in comic history.
Dang, that’s sad. RIP
Guess we won’t be seeing any more cameos. :-(
They knew this was coming sooner or later. I hope they planned ahead and he still has cameos in the next three movies.
Bob Kane did the exact same thing to Bill Finger at DC.
Guess the comics were a more cutthroat industry than people realize!
We all gosta go sometime. RIP.
No idea that he was 95. Thanks for the comics as a kid.
Infinity Wars II already wrapped filming I believe so he’ll probably at least appear in that one...guess it will be the farewell in more ways than one...
Rest in Peace Mr. Marvel.
Steve Ditko too. Both were more than just artists. Stan would tell them something like "have this one feature Doctor Doom" and they'd go off and come up with a plot and do all the art for it. Then Stan Lee would fill in the dialogue, which sometimes made the dialogue not quite fit the story if Kirby or Ditko planned a story that spread over more than one issue. In one Fantastic Four example I saw, Kirby had Sue Storm saving the day but Lee's dialogue instead had her praising Reed Richards for using his amazing jiu titsu to solve the issue off panel instead. Lee probably simply didn't realize Kirby's intent when he wrote the dialogue.
Some use that as evidence that Stan Lee was less of a creator than the others. But coming up with the idea and then writing all the dialogue for a dozen comics per month when they were at their peak of success is a formidable creative achievement. His unique writing style gave Marvel a funky vibe across all their books that tied everything together into a common universe rather than a bunch of standalone tales. Very influential.
I agree Kirby was downplayed by Lee.
Still, Lee made a lot of contributions and deserves to be up there with the likes of Shuster, Siegel, Kane, and Finger.
I have never been a huge fan of Kirby’s technical artwork, preferring his idea work instead. Never thought he could compete technically with the likes of Frazetta, Wood, Kubert, or Toth. Course I’m more a Neal Adams, George Perez kinda guy unless your talking paintings then give me Frazetta, Elmore, and Alex Ross.
I’m sure the in his death everyone will be talking about Stan and I think he’ll get a kick out of it since to me he was always trying to get everyone to talk about him when he was alive.
Not many of the Silver age cohort left. I could see Adams as the next to go.
Aww... no more cameos. That’s too bad, he was a funny old guy. But I guess he had a good run, and a good life, eh?
Oh no - in Stan’s case they said it while he was alive quite a bit. He got ripped pretty hard for what he did to Kirby in a number of fanzines over the years. He didn’t seem to care...though at one point there was a semi-accord right before Kirby passed.
I wonder now that Stan isn’t around anymore what kind of crap they are going to start putting into their movies.
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