Stan Lee, the beloved and positive comic book writer who played the biggest role in helping multi-billion dollar franchise Marvel become who they are, has passed away on Monday, November 12th, at the age of 95 years old. An attorney of Lee’s daughter, Kirk Schneck, said that the comic icon was rushed to Cedar-Sinai Hospital from his home in Los Angeles, California. The cause of death is still undisclosed.
Stan Lee began his prolonged comic career at Timely Comics in 1939. Then, the graphic novel industry was dominated by National Comics, and Lee was ready to call it quits after being assistant writer, editor, and occasional illustrator. In the late 1950s, DC Comics–then called National Comics–sparked what comic historians call “the silver age of comics,” imagining creative characters such as Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, and Green Lantern, as well as places of fantasy such as Metropolis and Gotham City.
In the early 1960s, Timely Comics–now known as Marvel–decided they wanted to compete with National Comic’s widely popular Justice League, and Lee, along with renowned colleagues Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, introduced the first superhero team: the Fantastic Four. Subsequent to releasing the young heroines, they created “your friendly neighborhood” Spider-Man, the “incredible” Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men, and Daredevil. These new crime fighters boosted Timely Comic’s profits immensely, helped them surpass National Comics in comic sales, and became a household name throughout the nation.
Among the fictional characters, Spider-Man was most likely the most popular. Everybody knew who “Spider-Man” was, children and adults alike. Kids dressed in Spider-Man costumes for Halloween, Spider-Man even had his own fan society, and it was one of the first superheroes to have a highly anticipated and very popular movie sequel, which was directed by Sam Raimi. In 2009, the Marvel Universe was purchased by the Walt Disney Company for a tremendous price of $4 billion.
Lee was already the longtime publisher of Marvel by then, he was first appointed head in 1972. Lee was a fan favorite and a worldwide phenomenon, and in most movies he was featured in amusing cameos. There is no doubt that Marvel would not be where it is if Stan Lee decided that he was not going to quit and find a better job. Stan Lee told the Washington Post, “I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers, and then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.”
Not only a name that many people hear in their daily life, Lee earned his fair share of renown and fame amid our C&C community. At C&C, many people believe it will be a lot more challenging for Marvel to maintain its success, “Although Marvel is a very popular brand, it will be hard for Marvel to maintain its success. Stan Lee was the reason why Marvel turned into a large multimedia corporation in the first place,” said Nathalie Robayo, a student in the XIIIs. Many students enjoyed watching movies such as “the Avengers” sequel, “Black Panther”, the “Ant-Man sequel”. A vast majority of students and faculty are looking forward to upcoming blockbuster, Captain Marvel, which is coming to theatres near you on March 8th, 2019. Lee made such an impact on our community that Marco, a student in the XIIIs, said he feels “dead on the inside,” while many other students who replied to a survey felt “sad.”
Nevertheless, Maya Lax–a student in the XIsJ–thought that Marvel is “already so popular,” and can keep up the good work. Bottomline is, the death of Stan Lee has affected the C&C community deeply, and now is the perfect time to thoroughly appreciate his work and binge-watch several Marvel movies during the holiday season in fond memory of the true legend.
Stan left this universe to join another universe where his wife of sixty-nine years, Joan Lee, is. Mrs. Lee passed away peacefully at the age of 95 while surrounded by her loved ones on Thursday, July 6th, 2017. Stan Lee will be remembered as a real life hero and the man who made Marvel marvelous.
Sources: CNN and Action Plan Marketing