Stan Lee, the legendary Marvel Comics icon who created superheroes including Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four, and The Incredible Hulk, has died at the age of 95.
The Associated Press reported that Lee died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles Monday morning, citing a family attorney. TMZ was the first to report his passing.
Lee had battled health issues in recent years, and had stopped public appearances at comic book conventions. He seemed to be in better health in recent months, to the point that he was posting videos occasionally on social media.
In October, he posted this video for an anti-drug program.
In 1971, Stan wrote 3 Spider-Man anti-drug stories. In 2018, Stan & POW! continue this tradition with @YouTube comedy channel @smosh, @DEAHQ & @elksdap, America's largest volunteer drug awareness program, to create the video “A Single Moment.” #ElksDAP https://t.co/GtOxuMarBB pic.twitter.com/Wpncbsvypb
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) October 12, 2018
“Iron Man” actor Robert Downey Jr. posted his condolences on Instagram.
Lee’s Twitter account (which is run by a staffer) paid tribute to his military service on Sunday, in a Veterans Day post. There have been no tweets since then.
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) November 11, 2018
Lee led the comic book revolution by creating more complex superheroes, reflecting America’s social change at the time. Spider-Man, who struggled to balance heroics with his true identity as teenager Peter Parker, epitomized Lee’s approach to making superheroes more grounded and relatable.
Social media is paying tribute to Lee.
RIP Stan Lee pic.twitter.com/TAFQLVjmgl
— Loudwire (@Loudwire) November 12, 2018
Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee has died aged 95 pic.twitter.com/REClY8qPeu
— Channel 4 News (@Channel4News) November 12, 2018
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