Marvel Comics' Chairman Emeritus Stan Lee, born Stanley Martin Lieber, passed away on Monday, November 12th, 2018 at the Los Angeles Cedars-Sinai Medical Center after being rushed there for a medical emergency earlier in the day. His health had subtly been in decline throughout the past year or so.
There was a time when he got sick from pneumonia, he suffered from vision loss, and there were accusations of elder abuse against his caretakers.
Lee helped to write, edit, and publish the Marvel comic books. He created The Fantastic Four, The X-Men, Dr. Strange, Spider-Man, Black Panther, Daredevil, and dozens of other characters that Marvel fans still love today. On top of that, he cameoed in almost every single live-action Marvel movie.
Lee started working for Marvel Comics when he was only 17, in the year 1939. It was called Timely Comics at the time. However, he did not come up with his now famous team of superheroes until the early 1960s. Lee never expected to be so popular. He just wanted to be able to keep his job and make enough money to survive.
He even had times when he doubted his career. When he was not working with Marvel Comics, he also wrote a monthly column called Stan's Soapbox.
In addition to being a creative genius, Lee was approachable and warm-hearted, always excited to talk to his fans at comic book events and meet-and-greets. He will be remembered not only as the Marvel Comics editor-in-chief and chairman but also as a kind man who gave to charity, supported diversity; and wanted what was best for the world and the people in it.
His co-workers and fans will never forget him, and he was truly an inspiration for all. Excelsior, Mr. Lee.