Stan Lee dead at 95, co-created Marvel Comics

David Caplan
November 12, 2018 - 1:51 pm
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LOS ANGELES (1010 WINS) -- Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee died Monday morning. He was 95.

According to TMZ, which first reported about his death, Lee was rushed from his Hollywood Hills home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died.

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He reportedly suffered from various medical issues, most recently, pneumonia and vision issues.

Marvel also confirmed Lee's death, posting a lengthy tribute to Twitter:

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in statement, "was a true New Yorker whose limitless imagination helped create some of the most beloved characters in popular culture and made NYC just as big of a character. Excelsior! Mr. Lee and condolences to his many fans on behalf of the New York Family."

DC Comics tweeted, "He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark. His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan."

Ryan Reynolds, who played the Marvel character Deadpool, tweeted, "Damn... RIP Stan. Thanks for everything."

Actor Chris Evans tweeted, "There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!"

Seth Rogen tweeted, "Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special."

Rosario Dawson tweeted, "Overwhelmed with love and gratitude for the late, great hero, Stan Lee. Rest In Paradise. Thank you for your imagination, creativity, tenacity, inspiration and love!!!"

Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922 Manhattan to Romanian-Jewish immigrant parents.  Lee attended DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx

Lee started Marvel with Jack Kirby in 1961 with The Fantastic Four. He later went on to create Spider-Man (set in Queens), Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man and The Avengers. 

"I think everybody loves things that are bigger than life. ... I think of them as fairy tales for grown-ups," he told The Associated Press in a 2006 interview. "We all grew up with giants and ogres and witches. Well, you get a little bit older and you're too old to read fairy tales. But I don't think you ever outgrow your love for those kind of things, things that are bigger than life and magical and very imaginative."

Lee considered the comic-book medium an art form and he was prolific: By some accounts, he came up with a new comic book every day for 10 years.

"I wrote so many I don't even know. I wrote either hundreds or thousands of them," he told the AP in 2006.

He hit his stride in the 1960s when he brought the Fantastic Four, the Hulk, Spider-Man, Iron Man and numerous others to life.

"It was like there was something in the air. I couldn't do anything wrong," he recalled.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.