Marvel Comics Co-Creator Stan Lee DEAD at 95
Legendary Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee died Monday.
According to reports, Stan Lee suffered a number of illnesses over the past year, including pneumonia.
Stan Lee is most known for creating some of the most widely known superheroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk. Lee was 95-years-old.
Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber to Romanian-born Jewish immigrants in New York City. Lee graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx at 16, and was later hired as an office assistant at Timely Comics. He first used the pseudonym Stan Lee, which he would later adopt as his legal name, in the May 1941 issue of “Captain America.”
Lee married his wife Joan and welcomed their daughter Joan Celia “J.C.” Lee in 1950; their younger daughter, Jan, died at just three days old in 1953.
Lee’s first team of heroes, who he co-created with artist Jack Kirby, was the Fantastic Four in 1961. Lee and Kirby went on to create Thor, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Incredible Hulk, Black Panther and, most famously, Spider-Man in 1962.
Timely was later renamed Marvel Comics, and Stan Lee was named publisher and editorial director of the company in 1972, after writing his last two issues of “Fantastic Four” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.”
The comic book legend faced some hardships late in his life. In July 2017, Lee’s wife of 69 years, Joan, passed away at 93 years old.
In February 2018, Lee was hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat and shortness of breath, and was later was treated for pneumonia. That same month, police investigated Lee’s home and bank accounts after $1.4 million reportedly went missing from his funds.
Lee is survived by his daughter.