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.

The relationship between Lee and Marvel had grown contentious in his final months however, and in May he filed a billion-dollar lawsuit against the company.

The complaint, filed in Los Angeles County Superior Court, alleged that POW! Entertainment CEO Shane Duffy and co-founder Gill Champion failed to fully disclose to Lee details of the firm’s 2017 sale to Camsing International.

Lee said that the company took advantage of him at a time when he was despondent over the death of his wife Joan and suffering from macular degeneration, a condition affecting the eyes.

As a result, he was duped into signing an agreement giving away the rights to his image and likeness, states the complaint.

Lee also argued that he was unable to read the document due to his eye condition and suggested the signature on the paperwork was not his own.

The comic-book legend was still a big part of the Marvel universe until his death though, making a cameo in every Marvel Studios film since 1993, with his most recent appearance being in Venom, which has proven to be yet another blockbuster.

That film, released in early October, had grossed $674 million at the worldwide box office as of Sunday on a $100 million budget.

Lee also served as an executive producer on these titles, which helped boost his fortune in a very big way in recent years.

In fact, in the past 10 years alone, Marvel Studios has released 20 films in the Marvel universe which have made over $17 billion at the box office.

This has easily earned it the title of the highest-grossing film franchise of all time.

 

There was a long time when Lee’s comics were thought only good enough for the small screen, with CBS turning The Hulk into a successful television series in 1978 which lasted five season.

And on children’s television a number of his comics were turned into cartoons.

Then, in 2000, X-Men became the first of Lee’s comics to be turned into a feature-length studio film.

It was a roaring success and earned $130 million at the North America box office, a number that was besedt two years later when Spider-Man earned $400 million.

Four of Marvel Studio’s pictures – Avengers: Infinity War, Avengers: Age of Ultron, Avengers and Black Panther -are among the the top 10 grossing films of all time.
This success caused much fighting over Lee’s wealth in his final days.

His legal woes began back in January, when DailyMail.com revealed that Lee had been accused of groping his nurses in a lawsuit, which was dismissed by his daughter as a shakedown of the old man.

Lee then sought a restraining orders against one manager and fired his road manager claiming he was victim of elder abuse.

At the same time, some are pointing a finger at his daughter J.C, with allegations her penchant for shopping and buying luxury goods was eating away at her father’s fortune.