Stan Lee, Jewish-American father of the Marvel comic universe, is gone

Comic book creator and executive producer Stan Lee appeared in cameos in many of the Marvel Universe movies

Though Lee's career as a comics creator is, of course, festooned with asterisks around co-creators who were more or less acknowledged (and more or significantly less paid), Lee's handprints in the wet cement of graphic novels will be there until the art form itself has disappeared from this world.

The Marvel legend, who was recently at the center of a legal battle over alleged financial and physical elder abuse, died Monday after being rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center from his Hollywood Hills home. Born in December of 1922, the man lived to be an impressive 95 years old, and he was still remarkably active in his last few years on the planet if his many cameos are anything to go by. He is survived by his daughter, J.C. "Stan Lee was the same way", he said. Lee's role in making Marvel's comics into a cultural touchstone for multiple generations has made it a certainty.

In 1961, Lee started Marvel Comics with his co-creator Jack Kirby. "Please join us today in remembering Stan "The Man" Lee".

During his many years at the comic-book publishing house, Lee created characters including Spider-Man, the X-Men and the Fantastic Four. The exclamation point, though, was what felt most important, characteristic of Lee's optimism. He entered the comic books business in 1939 when he was hired as a gofer for $8 a week at Marvel predecessor Timely Comics.

His death at the age of 95 sent shock waves through the publishing and movie world, with Lee creating so numerous famed characters that you see today on the big screen in films like "Avengers" and "Black Panther".

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"I think everybody loves things that are bigger than life". In 2002, he was forced to sue the company for royalties he was owed for the first three Spider-Man movies (the films with Tobey Maguire).

In this April 11, 2012, file photo, Stan Lee arrives at the premiere of "The Avengers" in Los Angeles.

Lee had suffered several illnesses over the past year or so - he had a bout of pneumonia and vision issues. In a later scene, the aliens tire of his stories and wander away from Lee, much to his chagrin. "So, Stan, typically we try to get him out - he doesn't love to fly - so we try to get him out for his cameos around the same time", Joe said to BBC Radio's The Afternoon Show in April 2018 (per Just Jared).

Dubbed a "great storyteller", Stan Lee is credited with the creation of many beloved Marvel superheroes.

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