Superhero fans around the world mourned on November 12 following the news that Stan Lee, creator of most of the Marvel Universe, had died hours earlier. He lived to be 95 years old.
Stan was born in New York in 1922, the oldest son of immigrant parents. His father worked during the Great Depression, and money was scarce. Lee got his first job at age 16. The job was at Timely Comics, and his job was to fill inkwells and proof-read. In 1941, he wrote his first comic story. “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge” was published in Issue Three of “Captain America Comics.” Following brief military service in World War II, he returned to Timely Comics and began writing horror and romance comics.Timely was later renamed Marvel.
Stan Lee created his first superheroes, the Fantastic Four, in November of 1961. He would later create some of fiction’s best-known superheroes, such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Doctor Strange. Lee continued working at Marvel until until the 1990s, when he stepped out, though he still got a one million dollar salary every year.
Lee made his first famous cameo on a big-screen movie in X-Men in 2000, and again in 2002’s Spider-Man. His cameos in films have since become a tradition. Stan Lee had been involved in multiple lawsuits in the years before he died. He also sued a former business partner for stealing his blood. He had been battling pneumonia before being rushed to a hospital, where he died. Stan Lee’s fans, as well as Marvel actors, mourned his death. Rest in peace, Stan Lee. Everybody will miss you.
By: Brig Larson
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