Legendary comic book writer and pop culture icon Stan Lee has passed away. He was 95. Lee was responsible for the creation of blockbuster franchises including Spider-Man, The X-Men, The Avengers and hundreds of other characters for not only Marvel but other publishers during the course of his amazing career.
Some fun facts:
Born Stanley Lieber in 1922.
Dreamed of one day writing the “Great American Novel.
Joined the newly-formed Timely Comics in 1939 which ultimately evolved into Marvel Comics, and at only 19 years old, Lee took over as interim editor.
In 1942, Lee joined the Signal Corps and was deployed around the country during World War II. He was classified as a playwright and soon found himself working on written material for the military.
In 1961, The Fantastic Four debuted followed by several other hits including The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, The X-Men, Spider-Man and Daredevil.
In 1971, The U. S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare asked Lee to help generate public awareness of teen drug abuse, resulting in Lee writing a three-part story in The Amazing Spider-Man helping call attention to the problem.
In 1981, Lee moved to California to work on Hollywood adaptations of Marvel properties and has remained an executive producer on nearly every adaptation including his famous fan-favorite cameos in each movie.
Lee was also the President of Marvel for a short time before stepping down to assume his publisher role again before retiring.
A series of one-shots starring Lee himself were published by Marvel celebrating Lee’s 65 years with the company.
Over the course of his career, Lee has done a great deal of charity work. Much of it through the Stan Lee Foundation, a nonprofit for literacy, education and the arts.
Check out all the fun Spider-Man intros below: