Remembering Stan Lee: tributes to the late Marvel legend

Remembering Stan Lee: tributes to the late Marvel legend

Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes that became mythic figures in pop culture with soaring success at the movie box office, died at the age of 95, his daughter said yesterday.

She did not mention Lee's cause of death but the TMZ celebrity news website said an ambulance was called to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early yesterday and that he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Born Stanley Martin Lieber on Manhattan's Upper West Side in 1922, Lee's childhood was marked by the Great Depression. Over the years he was a writer, editor and occasional illustrator. With Lee on words and Kirby on art, this dynamic duo revitalised a genre that had fallen into slapstick nonsense following their WWII heyday, the era that gave readers Captain America, Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman.

Millions responded to the unlikely mix of realistic fantasy, and many of his characters, including Spider-Man, the Hulk and X-Men went on to become stars of blockbuster films. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. Thank you Stan Lee for giving us the hope and belief we all love latching onto. The "Hulk" actor Mark Ruffalo, via Twitter. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy.

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I don't think you ever outgrow your love for things that are bigger than life and more colourful than the average life.

Kevin Feige, the president of Marvel Studios, emphasised Lee's importance to his own career. Stan Lee is Marvel's real-life superhero - he helped create so many of them after all - and his place in the history of comic book movies is set in stone. "Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all". We have shared the list of Lee's appearances in Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Luke Cage, Iron Fist, The Defenders and The Punisher below.

"Owe it all to you".

If you haven't seen it, this is Stan Lee addressing racism in a 1968 edition of Stan's Soapbox, after the assassinations of JFK and MLK.

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Benedict Cumberbatch, who joined the Marvel Cinematic Universe as the titular "Doctor Strange" said: "Stan Lee's imagination has held generations in its thrall". Now the elderly man wants everyone to help him name this Chinese female superhero. "My love and thoughts to his family".

"We've lost a creative genius".

Sidharth Malhotra: Farewell Stan Lee. Stan Lee RIP. Had the opportunity to spend time and work with him too. The comic book creator lived a long and successful life, and his health has been slowly waning for years. "I consider myself extraordinarily lucky to have gotten to meet you and to have played in the world you created".

Edgar Wright, the British director of "Shaun of the Dead" and "Baby Driver" used Lee's catchphrase in his eulogy: "Thanks for inspiring so many of us to pick up a pen or pencil and put your dreams onto paper".

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In his most productive period, between 1961 and 1972, he co-created dozens of Marvel titles with collaborators Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko that revitalised the comics industry and reinvented its language from boring declarations to dynamic and lifelike dialogue.

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