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Remembering Stan Lee

By Flora  /  13 Nov 2018 (Tuesday)

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The legendary writer and creator of some of comics book’s most enduring characters has died at the age of 95 on Monday, 12 November 2018. 

In the superhero verse, Stan Lee was the true real-life superhero, having created Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk, and the Fantastic Four - many of which have brought the humans behind the heroes to life on the big screen. Lee was also known for making a cameo in every Marvel film, a little easter egg fans look forward to each time. 

“He felt an obligation to his fans to keep creating,” his daughter J.C. Lee said in a statement to Reuters. “He loved his life and he loved what he did for a living. His family loved him and his fans loved him. He was irreplaceable.”

Lee’s comics career began in 1939 when the 17-year-old took an assistant job at Timely Comics, the predecessor to Marvel. Born Stanley Martin Lieber, he adopted Stan Lee as a pen name when he started writing comic book stories, and later made it his legal name.

After spending more than three decades writing scripts every day, Lee took on a new role as publisher of Marvel Comics in 1972. Soon, he became the editor-in-chief and chairman of Marvel Comics, emerging as the face of Marvel as we know today. He was the brain behind the merging of Marvel superheroes together, joining forces from different characters’ timeline to form the Marvel Universe. It’s safe to say that he has changed the way superheroes fight crime in today’s context, giving fans around the world some of the best crossovers on the big screen. 

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In 2000, Bryan Singer’s blockbuster version of X-Men starring Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen and Halle Berry soared to success, and it was then when the Marvel cinematic universe became a summer blockbuster fixture across the world. ‘Avengers: Infinity War’ (2018) is currently the 4th highest grossing movie of all time, raking in slightly over $2 billion in box office sales. 

In 2008, Lee was awarded the National Medal of Arts, the highest government award for creative artists.

Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine in the X-Men films, called Lee a "pioneering force in the superhero universe”.

Goodbye, Stan Lee. Thank you.


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