Stan Lee, the legendary writer and publisher for Marvel Comics, whose decades of work is still felt today in blockbuster superhero movie franchises, has died at age 95.
Lee’s creations — crafted alongside artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko — include a who’s who of heroes, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Avengers, Ant-Man, Thor and many more.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee, who was born Dec. 28, 1922, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
Marvel and The Walt Disney Co. issued a statement conveying “great sadness” over the passing of the Marvel chairman emeritus.
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of Disney. “A super hero 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.”
Across Twitter, a range of fans and celebrities paid their respects, including many who had portrayed characters on screen that were created by Lee:
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) November 12, 2018
Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhh
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018
There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018
Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.
— Seth Rogen (@Sethrogen) November 12, 2018
At age 7, I drew this weird portrait of Stan Lee and asked my Mom to send it to him. Thankfully she didn't because 30+ years later, I got to give it to the great one in person. Thanks for all the fun Stan #Excelsior pic.twitter.com/IpfYBSjWyf
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) November 12, 2018
Stan…more than a master of stories, you always seemed like a master of living. I will look to you for inspiration for the rest of my life. You live on. xoxo Your Wasp
#liveon #StanLee pic.twitter.com/JRA2aRM3bG
— Evangeline Lilly (@EvangelineLilly) November 12, 2018
It's a sad day across the multi-verse. Stan Lee entertained and inspired throughout his life and his legacy will continue to do so for generations to come. Thank you, Stan. https://t.co/LyXFp2xDUj
— Seattle Cinerama (@SeattleCinerama) November 12, 2018
Born before Edwin Hubble discovered the expanding universe, he ultimately created an expanding universe of his own – one of scientifically literate superheroes such as Spider-Man , The Hulk, Iron Man, & Black Panther.
Stan Lee RIP: 1922 – 2018
— Neil deGrasse Tyson (@neiltyson) November 12, 2018
Rest in peace, Stan Lee. The many worlds of imagination & delight you created for humanity will last forever.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 12, 2018
Funko CEO Brian Mariotti, whose Everett, Wash.-based company produces pop culture figurines and more based on Marvel characters, shared a photo of himself with Lee, and said that everyone at Funko is “deeply saddened” to hear about Lee’s passing.
“Stan was a phenomenal creator whose artistic abilities took us to places beyond our imagination,” Mariotti said. “We honor Stan each day through the pop culture moments, characters and magic he gave us. Our thoughts are with Stan’s family and friends as the world mourns the master inventor of comics.”
Lee’s work is currently being celebrated in an elaborate Marvel exhibit at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture.
“Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes” is MoPOP’s largest exhibition to date, with two levels and 10,000 square feet to tell a nearly 80-year story. The exhibit, which runs through January, features hundreds of artifacts including original comics art, movie costumes and props. Many items have never been displayed in public before now.
Brooks Peck, the MoPOP Curator behind the exhibit, shared a statement with GeekWire.
“We are deeply saddened to hear of the passing of comics icon Stan Lee,” Peck said. “His legendary energy and enthusiasm for comics raised that medium into the forefront of global popular culture. To use his own words, he was a ‘true believer.’ Besides being a brilliant promoter, Lee was a gifted storyteller. He is known, of course, for co-creating many of the most popular super heroes of the 20th century. But his greatest contribution to comics was how he infused his characters with human flaws, needs, and emotions. His characters are relatable, with realistic personal lives and problems.
“If Lee had a superpower, it would be his zest for life and sheer enthusiasm,” Peck added. “He will be greatly missed.”
THANKS for everything @TheRealStanLee 😭 When my boy and I visited the #Marvel exhibit @MoPOPSeattle recently, I was in awe of the legacy I know you’ve left when I got to absorb the enormity of it all. It has spanned the globe, touched so many, & made heroes of us all #RIPStanLee pic.twitter.com/VlDOIQzRJu
— Katherine A. Moore (@romans_mama) November 12, 2018
I never thought this day would come man #RIPStanLee
— alita⚡️ (@classyxale) November 12, 2018