Stan Lee, the larger-than-life Marvel Comics editor, writer, publisher, and real-world superhero, passed away on Monday morning.
The Marvel Comics legend was 95 years old when he died after being rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center following a medical emergency. At this time, the official cause of death has not been released.
Lee, born Stanley Martin Lieber, began working at Timely Comics in 1939 when he was just 18, before the company changed its name to Marvel Comics in 1961. Lee and artist Jack Kirby debuted the Fantastic Four and went on to forever change the landscape of comics and pop culture form there.
Lee and Kirby co-created Thor, Iron Man, Hulk, the X-Men, and many other superheroes you know and love today together. One of his trademarks when it came to dreaming up new characters was supplementing them with realistic and believable flaws, unlike other superheroes of the time.
As his notoriety grew and his creations sprang to life in television shows, cartoons, movies, games, and more, Lee never lost touch with fans, and regularly visited them at comic and trade shows across the world.
Lee made a variety of enormous contributions to the video game industry as well – the explosive Marvel's Spider-Man, most recently, was a great example of just some of the content he made possible for fans to cherish and enjoy for years to come.
Those who knew Stan would often describe him as "warm" and "hilarious" and fans can certainly attest to this as well, as many young comic creators and those in multiple industries were inspired by his storied career to kickstart theirs.
Mr. Lee gave us 95 magnificent years of comic-centric creations, which we'll always remember as we look back on his storied career fondly. We'll miss you Stan, and thank you. Excelsior!