Stan Lee, the Marvel legend who revolutionized pop culture as the co-creator of iconic superheroes like Spider-Man and The Hulk, has died.
Lee, the face of comic book culture in the United States, died early Monday in Los Angeles after suffering a number of illnesses in recent years.
Lee was declared dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee.
Lee is survived by his daughter and only child Joan Celia, known as ‘J.C.’ His wife Joan died in July last year after suffering complications from a stroke. The pair had been married for 70 years at the time of her death.
‘JC Lee and all of Stan Lee’s friends and colleagues want to thank all of his fans and well-wishers for their kind words and condolences,’ a statement on behalf of his daughter read.
‘Stan was an icon in his field. His fans loved him and his desire to interact with them. He loved his fans and treated them with the same respect and love they gave him.
‘He worked tirelessly his whole life creating great characters for the world to enjoy. He wanted to inspire our imagination and for us to all use it to make the world a better place. His legacy will live on forever. Excelsior.’
Lee’s death came just one day after he tweeted a photo of himself in his WWII uniform for Veterans’ Day.
The superhero stars of his movies, including Hugh Jackman, Ryan Reynolds, Robert Downey Jr., and Josh Brolin were quick to send in their condolences along with Millie Bobby Brown and Kaley Cuoco.
Lee rose to fame in 1961 when he turned Timely Comics, where he started out in the industry as an assistant, into Marvel Comics.
That change came about in the 1960s, and Lee then proceeded to oversee the creation of many of the iconic superheroes people around the world know and love to this day.
The Incredible Hulk, Thor, the X-Men, Dr. Strange, Iron Man, Spider-Man and Captain America were just a few of the many superhuman, and super flawed, characters created by Lee and artist Jack Kirby.