The legendary creator of Spider Man, the incredible Hulk and Fantastic Four, the American writer and former president of Marvel Comics Stan Lee has died at the age of 95.
In 1961, Lee created The Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics, and went on to create titles including Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk. The legendary comic book author died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a family lawyer.
The CEO of Lee's Pow! Entertainment praised the "father of pop culture" for inventing "universes of characters". CEO Shane Duffy called him "a true iconic pioneer with no comparable second". Lee's wife, Joan, died in 2017 – also aged 95 – but he is survived by his daughter, JC Lee.
Speaking to celebrity news website TMZ, JC Lee said her father was "the greatest, most decent man". She told Reuters: "He felt an obligation to his fans to keep creating." In recent years, Lee had periodically suffered from illnesses, including a bout of pneumonia, US media reported. Lee was born in 1922 to working-class Jewish immigrants from Romania.
He began working at the comics section of Timely Publications – a company that would eventually transform into Marvel Comics – and became comics editor there at age 18. But for years Lee wrote only simple comics focusing on crime stories, horrors and westerns aimed at young readers. At age 40, Lee decided to give up on comics. But his wife Joan urged him to create the characters he always wanted to write as his comic swansong. And in 1961, Lee and artist Jack Kirby created the Fantastic Four – compelling characters with individual personalities and relatable problems.