Stan Lee Dead at 95

The Marvel Comics icon co-created the likes of Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor, X-Men and Black Panther
Stan Lee Dead at 95
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Stan Lee — the American writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics — has died at the age of 95.

TMZ reports that Lee was rushed from his Hollywood home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center earlier this morning, where he then passed away. His daughter soon confirmed the news.

While a cause of death has yet to be determined, Lee's health struggles have made headlines in recent years. Earlier this year, he battled pneumonia and was briefly hospitalized for an irregular heartbeat. This past June, the Los Angeles Police Department investigated claims of elder abuse against him.

Born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922, Lee began his career in comics at age 18, taking an assistant position with Marvel predecessor Timely Comics in 1939. He made his debut as a writer in 1941, penning a two-page story for Captain America Comics No. 3 under his pseudonym.

That same year, Lee was named interim editor at 19 by publisher Martin Goodman. In 1942, he enlisted in the army and served in the United States Signal Corps, writing manuals, training films and slogans.

Lee returned to his editorial duties following the war in 1945. In response to DC Comics' Justice League, Lee and artist Jack Kirby launched the Fantastic Four in November 1961 for the newly rebranded Marvel Comics.

The superhero team's immediate popularity led Lee and Kirby to co-create Marvel staples Spider-Man, the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, the X-Men and Black Panther. The pair also had their newly created characters team up as the Avengers, while also reviving Sub-Mariner and Captain America.

Lee stopped writing monthly comics to become publisher of Marvel in 1972, moving to California nearly a decade later to help develop the comic publisher's properties for film and television. In his later years, Lee remained a public figurehead for the company, making cameo appearances in Marvel film adaptations and at comic conventions.

Lee published autobiography Excelsior! The Amazing Life of Stan Lee in 2002. He is survived by his daughter, J.C. Lee. Lee's wife of 69 years, Joan Boocock, died in July 2017.

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