Stan Lee tributes: Celebrities react to death of legendary Marvel Comics creator

Calvin Saunders
November 13, 2018

Stan Lee has been hailed a "creative genius" as a host of Hollywood stars paid tribute to the Marvel Comics co-creator. He had a hand in creating iconic characters including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, and Iron Man.

The family's attorney confirmed he died after being taken to hospital on Monday.

But it wasn't until late 1950s when Lee struck out on his own, creating superheroes for what is now Marvel Comics, and giving them human flaws, something that hadn't been seen in the comic realm.

Speaking to celebrity news website TMZ, JC Lee said her father was "the greatest, most decent man". In recent years Lee enjoyed a steady movie career, making a cameo in every MCU film to date. Lee's wife, who was also named Joan, passed away in 2017. "I wanted this to be a surprise, but I'm personally working on a Latino hero, that you'll be seeing at the end of the year", he said at the time, according to AFP. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. But it is hard to deny that Stan Lee played a large part in bringing this modern era of realism and grit to the comic book world.

The cause of Lee's death is not known, but earlier this year it was revealed that he was fighting a bout of pneumonia.

In this time, Lee also pushed the boundaries of comic book content. He sued Marvel Entertainment in 2002 for unpaid royalties tied to the first "Spider-Man" movie, later receiving $10 million. "The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart", he said in a statement.

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"So if we have other movies shooting on the same lot that we're on, for instance Ant-Man 2 or Avengers 4, we group his cameos together and then move him from one set to the next and kind of get him through his cameos in one day".

"I used to think what I did was not very important", Lee told the Chicago Tribune in April 2014.

Timely Comics became Marvel in the early 1960s.

Writer and director Edgar Wright said: "Thanks for inspiring so many of us to pick up a pen or pencil and put your dreams onto paper".

With Kirby's signature visuals and Lee's down-to-earth prose, Marvel created a new superhero narrative that had not been seen in mainstream comics: Superheroes were no longer ideal.

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