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The passing of Marvel comic legend, Stan Lee

Gavin Stevens, Journalism 1 Staff

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“I want to do more movies, I want to do more television, more DVDs, I want to do more lecturing, I want to do more of everything I am doing. The only problem is time. I just wish there were more time.” These are the words of Marvel’s comic book icon Stan Lee, who passed away on Monday, November 12, 2018. Ambulances rushed Lee to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, shortly after he had been suffering from shortness of breath and an irregular heartbeat. He passed away later that evening at the age of 95.

Stan Lee, born Stanley Martin Lieber, began his career at Marvel Comics as an office boy, running errands, refilling artists’ ink jars, and proofreading. It wasn’t long before his creative talent was recognized and he rose to the position of interim editor, and then finally, president of the entire company. In collaboration with Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, Lee gained nationwide popularity for creating The Fantastic Four superhero series. Fans were taken by the idea of a superhero with flaws–an imperfect hero capable of mistakes just like everyone else. But perhaps Lee is best known for creating the superhero legends of Spider-Man, The Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, and Doctor Strange, heros known the world around for their fantastic feats and ability to defy all odds. Lee is also famous for his many cameos in the Marvel movies he helped produce. And though he never surpassed Alfred Hitchcock’s 39–which was one of his life goals–he did come close with 20 of his own.

POW! Entertainment, American media production company, founded by Lee and colleagues in 2001, has established a tribute wall on therealstanlee.com where fans can continue to post thoughts, prayers, and words of encouragement. Shortly after Lee’s death, they released the following statement, “We look forward to joining all of Stan’s fans in celebrating his extraordinary life and legacy.”  

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