Published: Thu, November 15, 2018
Life&Culture | By Mildred Hamilton

Marvel Comics Icon Stan Lee Dead At 95

Marvel Comics Icon Stan Lee Dead At 95

The pop culture world was dealt a huge blow today with the news that Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95.

Lee began his career at what was then Timely Comics in 1939.

He followed up by helping create the Incredible Hulk - he said he asked Kirby, "Can you draw a good-looking monster, or at least a sympathetic-looking monster?" - then the Mighty Thor, Iron Man and X-Men in the early 1960s.

An incredibly humble man, Lee also had plenty of thoughts on exactly what a superhero should be and how they can relate to the real world. During the conversation, Stan Lee talks about the time he dressed up as a delivery driver and yelled at Tony Stark. He loved Indian Mythology.

"He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark".

And actor Seth Rogen said: "Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realise they are special".

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Rana Daggubati: And today my Universe mourns!

Jeff Kocur wouldn't be doing what he's doing were it not for the influence of Stan Lee.

Stan Lee was often cited as an inspiration by writers and artists alike.

In 1961 Lee's boss saw a rival publisher's success with caped crusaders and told Lee to dream up a superhero team. You will live forever. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all.

This is how I'll always see you, @therealstanlee: as our benevolent leader and king, smiling down from your eternal throne on the generations of imaginations you fed and inspired. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe.

"Thank you for filling our childhoods with such joy".

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"We at Stan Lee's Lee POW!" Lee, Bill Everett and Jack Kirby originally developed the story of Matt Murdock, blind lawyer by day and swashbuckling superhero by night.

Stan Lee's trademark catchphrase was "Excelsior!" a Latin word which generally means higher, superior or "Ever Upward".

Esha Gupta: Can't b'lieve an era is over. thankful we were all blessed to be in this era Stan Lee. As little kids we did not know the hero who created our heroes.

This is my favorite Stan Lee least without The Thing in it.

Armaan Malik: I am not feeling sad about Stan Lee because he is never going to be leaving us.

We still would've loved every last thing about those characters because they were a part of all us, they belonged to all of us, they took care of and protected all of us. Conducted on the eve of Comic-Con in 2015, in what turned out to be his last sit-down with us, the surprisingly spry Lee held forth on several topics, from his secrets to creating the flawless superhero and the character he most identified with to the origin of his classic catchphrase.

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