Stanley Martin Lieber (Stan Lee), the iconic writer, editor and publisher of the Marvel Comics Universe rests in peace after an eventful century. He was the feisty creator of iconic characters like Captain America, Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther, the Fantastic Four, and many more. He was aged 95 and was admitted to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. After his wife passed away, Lee’s life was tumultuous as he was related to many lawsuits, court hearings, business-related issues, etc.
Sometimes single-handedly and also through collaborations with Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others, Stan propelled the small-time comics venture into what it is today, a multimedia giant, whose movies are amongst the most anticipated and highest grossing ones.
In April 2014 he had told Chicago Tribune that he felt what he did was not important. “People are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes. But I suppose I have come to realize that entertainment is not easily dismissed.”
Lee was also a veteran of the World War and his nickname at the base was “Playwright”. Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger, who has bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, stated that “Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created.”
We all hope that this grand genius who kept the whole world, from young ones to their parents, entertained for a century and beyond finally gets the rest he deserves.