Excelsior

By Alex Maxwell

On November 12, 2018, Stan Lee was declared dead. He tragically passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, in Los Angeles, California at  95 years old. He has one surviving daughter, Joan Celia Lee. Although many people may recognize him from his infamous cameos in the Marvel movies, adding a moment of laughter and joy to even the saddest of Marvel movies with his quirky on-screen characters, there was something more he was known for in the comic community.

During the 1950s,  Lee’s wife, Joan Boocock gave him some advice on what he could do to make his characters more successful. The advice was to make his characters more human. He kept this in mind when he co-created the Fantastic Four with Jack Kirby. This revolutionized the comic industry and would send Marvel Comics to create some of their most well-known characters such as Iron Man, Captain America, The Avengers and Spider-Man.

Lee’s characters would go on to have a sense of morality and humanity, as he tackled many issues such as bigotry, drug use, and criminal activity. In this way and more, the creator has influenced many generations of readers.  Thanks to Stan Lee, the world has been graced with Peter Parker struggling to pay bills and maintaining a steady job, seen the great Tony Stark struggle with his anxiety and PTSD, and even witnessed Deadpool having to grapple with grief and depression. He also, unfortunately, showed us that even real heroes have to die.

Stanley Martin Lieber was born on December 28, 1922, in New York City, and after an extraordinary career, Stan Lee father of Marvel comic was taken. His legacy at Marvel Comics and in the comic industry will always be remembered and revered by the fan community even after his death.

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