Stan Lee, Publisher Of Marvel Comics, Dies at 95

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Stan Lee was the legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics. He passed away at 95 on Monday at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles. .

Lee’s work was fabulous but erred and that made him a real-life superhero to comic book lovers everywhere. Commencing in the industry in the year 1939, he created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Mighty Thor, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man and many other memorable characters.

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Lee lost his 69-year-old wife in 2017 and was having a difficult life since some years. Since last year, he was embroiled in a legal tussle with the executives at POW! Entertainment – a company he had founded in 2001. He alleged them of committing $1Billion fraud, however, had dropped the suit weeks later. Lee leaves behind an estate of $70 Million and the LA Police Department is also investigating the reports of elderly abuse angle against him.

Lee conceptualised Marvel from a tiny venture into the world’s No. 1 comic book publisher, which eventually went onto to become a multimedia giant. He also collaborated with artist-writers such as Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others. The Walt Disney Company bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 Billion in 2009 along with top-gossing superhero films led by Avengers: Infinity Wars at $2.05 Billion.

He once claimed to Chicago Tribune in 2014 that he used to always think what he did was not very important. He felt people were doing bigger things such as building bridges, conducting medical researches, whereas he was merely doing stories about fictional people who did crazy extraordinary things and wore larger than life costumes.

In 2002, Lee also went onto publish, an autobiography, Excelsior! The Amazing Life of Stan Lee.

The Marvel characters had appeared on television long before they made it to the movies. An animated Spider-Man show (with a memorable theme song composed by Oscar winner Paul Francis Webster, of “The Shadow of Your Smile” fame, and Bob Harris) ran on ABC from 1967 to 1970. Bill Bixby played Dr. David Banner, who turns into a green monster (Lou Ferrigno) when he gets agitated, in the 1977-82 CBS drama The Incredible Hulk. And Pamela Anderson provided the voice of Stripperella, a risque animated Spike TV series that Lee wrote for in 2003-04.

This is how his industry, fellow colleagues and world at large remembers him…

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