Stan Lee death: Stars pay tribute to Marvel's 'creative genius'

Stan Lee death: Stars pay tribute to Marvel's 'creative genius'

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 collaborated with artists such as Kirby and Steve Ditko to create a galaxy of superheroes including the Fantastic Four, Iron Man, Captain America, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, Daredevil and Ant-Man.

Lieber, who later shortened his name to "Lee" as a writer, went on to be hired as an office assistant at Timely Comics in 1939 and became an interim editor for the company in the early 1940s. But, bored with the output, he was preparing to leave the company when history took a sudden turn. In his 2002 autobiography Excelsior!, Lee described how his father's struggle to find a steady job had forever affected him: "It's a feeling that the most important thing for a man to do is to have work to do, to be busy, to be needed", he wrote.

"In the case of Marvel, I believe the core audience do not see him as part of what they are buying, especially after his retirement".

Feige has since paid tribute to the superhero-creating legend.

"I got to tell him that everything was going great at our store, and that we'd be open for a long time". This is what people forget: Fantastic Four #1 predated Marvel officially donning the moniker Marvel Comics. What a life, so well lived.

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With Stan's cameos mostly coming like comic relief, this one stood apart.

These new superheroes - all created in a burst between 1961 and 1964 - were hugely popular and allowed Marvel to surpass DC in both sales and fashionableness. Crime fighting was the least of his concerns. He was a childhood inspiration, an instructor to me when I was just getting started and a genuinely sweet man.

The quartet were people first: the too smart for his own good Reed Richards, the fiery show-off Johnny Storm, the gruff and tortured Ben Grimm, and the woman Sue Storm (writing women wasn't Lee's strong suit, to say the least).

Numerous characters were developed for television with varying degrees of success. In 2015, Lee promoted Audi's sponsorship of the Avengers: Age of Ultron movie by playing a professor at a performance school, where he taught well known actors such as Tara Reid, Lou Ferrigno and Michael Rooker the nuances of regular acting compared to a great cameo. That human element carries through to the Marvel of today, displayed not just in comic books, but in film, TV, and several other mediums. Disney purchased Marvel for $4 billion in 2009, but despite the purchase, the studio kept Lee involved throughout the creative processes.

He was occasionally criticized for egotistically cheerleading for himself as much as Marvel.

Lee became Marvel's publisher in 1972.