By Cara Young
Stan Lee, the father of Marvel Comics, has passed away at the age of 95.
Stan Lee became an entertainment icon upon creating several prominent characters such as Spiderman, Wolverine, and Black Panther. He became a household name soon following the big screen adaptations of Marvel Comics stories, starting with Iron Man in 2005.
Lee revolutionized the comic industry creating diverse, three dimensional, perspective-driven, relatable heroes and heroines. He was awarded the 2008 National Medal of Arts and deemed, “one of America’s most prolific storytellers,” by the awards committee.
“I owe it all to you… Rest in peace Stan.”- Robert Downey Jr.
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”- Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger.
“We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and …. to have helped bring one of his characters to life.”.- Hugh Jackman.
With all that he has done for the industry, Stan Lee’s impact on the fans is far greater.
“He wasn’t only a guy that was passing on art, but a legacy… he made an impact (on comics) and the characters (in Marvel) are set for now.”– Robert Y.
“We, people like me, will remember his legacy forever.”- Marilyn
“Stan Lee gave us so many examples of imperfection at its best. He showed us feeling different is okay and sometimes it makes us stronger.” – Emily Y.
This legendary man of Marvel pioneered a path for people of all walks of life to accept and be proud of their differences and small accomplishments. As long as people hold dear the inspiration to move ever upward, the legacy of Stan Lee will never die.
“Excelsior!”– Stan Lee