by 👨💻 Graham Pierrepoint
Stan Lee, the iconic co-creator of the popular Marvel Comics brand, has passed away at the age of 95. JC Lee, daughter of the comics mogul, confirmed her father’s passing earlier this week.
Lee was instrumental in helping to popularize comic books throughout the world, and is credited with creating some of the world’s best-known superheroes and villains alike. He famously worked with Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby to bring heroes such as Spider-Man and Iron Man to millions of readers all over the world – and since bringing the brand to the world’s attention in the 1960s, he helped to create a legion of characters, stories and worlds which are still captivating the attention of billions.
Stan Lee, the Comic Book Legend Behind Marvel, Dies at 95 [video]
The comic pioneer famously never shied away from the spotlight, having famously recorded brief, humorous cameos in every movie in the Marvel Cinematic Universe up to at least Ant-Man and The Wasp, released earlier this year. Lee famously led the way for Marvel by helping to bring The Fantastic Four to readers in 1961, and from there, the characters only became more vivid and more interesting.
Many famous faces from the Marvel movie world paid tribute to Lee, who continued to appear at film and comic book conventions well into his tenth decade, always keen to hear from fans from far and wide. Among those paying tribute were Robert Downey Jr, who plays Tony Stark / Iron Man in some of the most popular Marvel adaptations on the big screen. “I owe it all to you,” the star wrote in tribute to Lee via social media, sharing a photo the pair had taken together.
Tom Hardy, who recently starred as Eddie Brock in the big screen adaptation of Venom, shared a similar snap online, with ‘the greatest of respect’ offered. According to BBC News, other big stars such as Ryan Reynolds (Deadpool), Tom Holland (Peter Parker / Spider-Man), Hugh Jackman (Wolverine) and Evangeline Lilly (The Wasp) all took a moment to honor the man whom created the foundations for, and many of, these wild and wonderful characters.
Long-term rival comic brand DC Comics, perhaps most poignantly of all, took the time to leave their own social media missive on the life of Lee. “He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark,” an official tweet reads. “His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place.”