Stan Lee, the comic book genius and creator of dozens of immortal characters, passed away earlier this month. His family, fans, co-workers, and actors, have been paying tribute to the iconic producer over the past week. Here is our tribute to the comic legend, rest in peace.
Stan Lee, A Brilliant Comic Mind
Stan Lee, 95, creator of nearly every Marvel character and storyline, passed away last Monday, November 12. Medics have yet to release a cause of death. Respecting the late creator’s wishes, his family, as well as the Marvel family, held a private funeral ceremony on the following Friday. His death hit especially hard as many generations grew up on his comics, and they touched the hearts of millions.
Lee, born Stanley Martin Lieber, was born in 1922, to Romanian Jewish immigrants in New York City. At the age of 17, he began working at Timely Publications, which would later become Marvel. Lee’s very first character was Captain America, foreshadowing his future success. Lee went on to become the mind behind many Marvel characters, including Spiderman, the X-Men, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Doctor Strange, and many more.
His comics quickly became loved and recognized. It was in the 90’s that his work was forever embedded in the history of art and comics: Lee was inducted into the Will Eisner Award Hall of Fame in 1994, and the Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995. However, fans were not the only ones to recognize his genius. In 2008, president George W. Bush awarded the comic genius the National Medal of Arts for his contributions. A White House spokesperson said, “His complex plots and humane superheroes celebrate courage, honesty, and the importance of helping the less fortunate, reflecting America’s inherent goodness.”
Introducing The Marvel Characters To The Cinema
In 2000, millions more became exposed to Lee’s work when 20th Century Fox released the first X-Men movie. Following X-Men, almost every Lee character got a film: Spider-Man (2002), Iron Man (2008), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Deadpool (2016), Black Panther (2018), just to name a few. Lee was an executive producer on all of those movies and made cameos in many of them. Lee’s cameos are fan favorites, and the audience would always anticipate seeing them. Thankfully, The New York Times recently listed these cameos, and where to stream them!
Stan Lee loved his fans right back. He appeared at various comic conventions, as he adored how his characters inspired others and wanted to celebrate alongside them. “You know when they say, ‘Can you take a picture with me,’ or shake my hand or something? It’s a great feeling that people really care that much. It is.” he said before his death.
In 2009, Disney bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion. Later on, Marvel was valued at a much higher price, after earning millions from movies and merchandise. Many reported that Lee regretted not cutting a better deal for himself. Others said it shows you the character of the man: he wanted to create art for himself and for the fans. He wasn’t greedy, loved his work, and was so dedicated to it.
Paying Tribute To The Late Legend
Actors and celebrities who worked with the iconic creator were shocked and saddened by his sudden death. Hugh Jackman tweeted a photo of himself and Lee, writing “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.”
Robert Downey Jr. wrote, “I owe it all to you, Rest in Peace Stan.”
Tom Holland, Marvel’s current Spider-Man, uploaded a photo of smiling Stan Lee, writing, “How many millions of us are indebted to this guy, none more so than me. The father of Marvel has made so many people so incredibly happy. What a life and what a thing to have achieved. Rest in peace Stan.”
Many others, including Josh Groban, Jamie Lee Curtis, Chris Hemsworth, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Chris Pratt paid tribute to the comic giant by sharing photos and memories of Lee, as well as paying tribute to his legendary work and characters.
Stan Lee changed pop culture and modern filmmaking as we know it; touched millions of lives, and made us all happy. May he rest in peace.