Stan Lee, the colorful Marvel Comics patriarch who gave the world the radioactive Spiderman, the Incredible Hulk, the legend of Thor and the swaggering Iron Man died on Monday at a hospital in Los Angeles. He was 95.
Lee, born as Stanley Lieber on December 28, 1922, began his career at what was then Timely Comics in 1939. Over the years he was a writer, editor and occasional illustrator.
He was considered as one of the most legendary names in the history of comic books and the leading creative force behind the rise of Marvel Comics.
Lee had created hundreds of colorful characters. Those superheroes have been adapted into blockbuster films, most of which were made after Disney acquired Marvel in a 4-billion-dollar deal in 2009.
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created,” The Walt Disney Company, said in a statement on Monday. “A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Lee had the power to entertain, to inspire and to connect.”
As per the statement, “Marvel and The Walt Disney Company salute the career and life of Stan Lee and offer their undying gratitude for his unmatchable accomplishments.”