Sad, sad news today as acclaimed comic book legend Stan Lee has passed away at 95!
American comic book writer, editor, publisher and former President of Marvel Comics Stan Lee died Monday. Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee, also confirmed his death.
Lee created or co-created such iconic comic book characters as The Amazing Spider-man, The Incredible Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, and Daredevil, among countless other characters.
Stanley Martin Lieber, a.k.a. Stan Lee, loved the written word from an early age, and wanted to craft stories like those in his favorite books and films, which he consumed voraciously. From a simple upbringing in the teeming landscape of Manhattan, young Stanley worked his way through a succession of jobs until the day he found himself an assistant at a comic book publishing company — Timely Comics.
In between refilling artists’ inkwells, erasing pencil lines from comic pages and fetching an untold number of lunches, Stanley expressed his desire to write and create tales of his own; in the May 1941 issue of CAPTAIN AMERICA COMICS #3, he got his wish. Readers would find a prose story in that issue, “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge,” sporting the byline of “Stan Lee.” A star was born.
As Stan’s roles and tenure with Timely Comics grew and evolved, so did the company itself. With Stan at its helm, Timely Comics morphed first into Atlas Comics and then into the name that would catapult it into legend and forever be synonymous with Stan Lee: Marvel Comics.
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company.
“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain, you’re doing a good thing.” – Stan Lee
As a lifelong comic book and film fan, Stan Lee has added to my life in immeasurable ways and has given me so much happiness and entertainment that I could never fully realize.
All of us here at Horror Patch are so deeply saddened by the passing of a true American icon and legend. We would like to offer our most sincerest condolences to Lee’s family, friends, and fans around the world during this extremely difficult time.
Stan Lee’s gifts to humanity and entertainment can never truly be measured but his spirit and characters will live on till the end of time. May your latest journey bathe you in peace and serenity. Goodbye, kind sir!
R.I.P. Stan Lee December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018