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The co-creator of popular superheroes, The Hulk, Iron Man, Spider-man and other Marvel Comics superheroes, Stan Lee has died, aged 95, her daughter confirmed to Reuters. Lee, who was one of the brains behind the ascension of Marvel in the 1960s into a comic book died in Los Angeles early morning on Monday, November 12, 2018.
Stan Lee collaborated with many other artists like Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby in the co-creating fictional characters like Doctor Strange, Fantastic Four, Hulk, Spider-Man, Black Panther and X-Men. With his brother Larry Lieber, he co-created Iron Man, Thor, and Ant-Man.
Stan Lee who was born on December 28, 1922, in New York said as he was growing up, he was influenced by movies and books, especially those that featured Errol Flynn in heroic roles.
Lee revealed to the public earlier this year that he was suffering from pneumonia and was rushed to the hospital in February due to worsening conditions. He lost his wife of 69 years last July 6, 2017, to complications from a stroke at the aged 95.
The Hollywood Reporter in April 2018 published a report which claimed Stan Lee was a victim of elder abuse. The report revealed that a memorabilia collector, Keya Morgan, had been isolating him from his associates and trusted friends after he lost his wife. It claimed Keya Morgan was doing so in other to get access to his wealth worth about 50 million US Dollars. She was later on issued a restraining order for three years keeping her from having contact with Lee, his daughter, and associates.
Born Stanley Lieber, he adopted his pseudonym Stan Lee as a legal name in order to save his given name for future literary works.
“I felt someday I’d write the ‘Great American Novel’ and I didn’t want to use my real name on these silly little comics,” he once said.
He has received a wave of tributes from many including his friends and Marvel stars Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr., Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and many others.
By Penn Tencha for Iyunade Blog
Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore