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Stan Lee died today at 95 years old

Stan Lee died today at 95 years old

Stan Lee, the creator (or co-creator) behind many of Marvel's greatest hits died this morning, he was 95 years old

Stan Lee was born in December 1922 and began working at Timely Comics (which would evolve into Marvel Comics) in 1939. His first published short story was titled "The Traitor's Revenge!" and was used as a text filler that would help qualify the company for a cheaper magazine mailing rate. His given name was Stanley Martin Lieber, but he chose to go by the pen name of Stan Lee. By 1941, he became the interim editor for the company. It wasn't until 1961 that Lee, along with Jack Kirby launched a new superhero team called The Fantastic Four. Shortly after, they were writing the stories of Hulk, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, and the X-Men.

Photo courtesy of Damian Dovarganes/AP

Photo courtesy of Damian Dovarganes/AP

By 1972, Lee was named publisher for the company and 8 years later moved from New York City to Los Angeles to set up an animation studio and develop relationships with people in Hollywood. The superhero Marvel characters first appeared on TV before making their big screen debut. What fans loved the most about Lee's superheroes was how easy they were to relate to. Gene Simmons, of the band Kiss, said that Lee's stories taught him that "even superheroes like Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk have ego deficiencies and girl problems and do not live in their macho fantasies 24 hours a day...through the honesty of guys like Spider-Man, I learned about the shades of gray in human nature."

Lee died November 12 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. His wife, Joan died in 2017 but their daughter (also named Joan) still resides in California. Bob Iger, Disney chairman and CEO, said that "Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created...a superhero 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."

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Photo courtesy of Shutterstock

We at The Sitch are probably going to re-watch every single Marvel movie ever in order to remember Stan Lee. Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below and be sure to subscribe to The Sitch for more Marvel news and other entertaining reads.

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