WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The creative genius behind the comic book, Stan Lee, who helped make billions for Hollywood movies, died Monday.
- The man who gave us superheroes including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Avengers was 95.
- According to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee, the older Lee was declared dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Marvel Comics publisher Stan Lee died at 95 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee.
Lee was known as the creative genius behind the contemporary comic book. According to TIME magazine, Lee 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.
“I think everybody loves things that are bigger than life. … I think of them as fairy tales for grown-ups,” Lee said in a 2006 interview with The Associated Press in a 2006 interview.
“We all grew up with giants and ogres and witches. Well, you get a little bit older and you’re too old to read fairy tales. But I don’t think you ever outgrow your love for those kind of things, things that are bigger than life and magical and very imaginative,” he added.
Spider-Man, the Hulk and X-Men are just some of the characters he created and millions of people around the world love them. His characters went on to become stars of mega-billion blockbuster films.
Lee’s recent contribution was made to films, including “Avengers: Infinity War,” ”Black Panther” and “Guardians of the Galaxy” and TV series like “Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D” and “Daredevil.” His cameos in Marvel movies and TV projects were always anticipated.
For Lee, a comic book is a form of art.
“I wrote so many I don’t even know. I wrote either hundreds or thousands of them,” he said in his 2006 AP interview.
What makes Stan Lee’s heroes a hit is because they are relatable, different from rival DC Comics’ Superman.
“The beauty of Stan Lee’s characters is that they were characters first and superheroes next,” Jeff Kline, executive producer of the “Men in Black” animated television series, told The Blade of Toledo, Ohio, in 1998.
The Marvel Cinematic Universe film shave netted over $17.6 billion in worldwide grosses in 10 years.
After Joan Lee, Stan’s wife, died on July 6, 2017, his mental and physical health declined. He is survived by his daughter, Joanie, and his younger brother, Larry Lieber.