Monday, November 12, 2018

RIP Stan Lee

Marvel Comics writer Stan Lee has died at age 95. Born Stanley Lieber to Romanian Jewish immigrants to the United States, Lee was responsible for most of the early stories of the so-called Silver Age of Marvel Comics: Fantastic Four, Iron Man, X-Men, Thor, Dr. Strange, Silver Surfer, Hulk, Spiderman, Avengers, Daredevil, Black Panther, and many more of the heroes that filled my childhood.
Lee did most of his best work way back in the 1960s, in collaboration with top-notch comic artists like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, although his influence continues to this day, particularly as those early characters are converted into movies to fulfill an apparently insatiable appetite for comic-book apotheosis. Lee was also a shameless self-publicist, and there are those who claim that he took credit for way more than he should have, but let's not hold that against him today.
No longer will we see Stan The Man make those cheeky cameos in Marvel films, but his stories will certainly live on. RIP Stan.

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