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Stan Lee Dies at Age 95

Amanda Swank, Editor-in-Chief

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On November 12th, comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, Stan Lee died in Los Angeles, California. He is the godfather of Marvel comics changed the pop culture scene with his gift for story telling.

Born Stanley Lieber, the comic-book giant made his start as an assistant at the Timely Comics division of Martin Goodman’s company. Lee went from filling inkwells and proofreading to eventually writing his first comic, “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge,” under the pseudonym “Stan Lee”.

As Timely Comics evolved into Marvel Comics, so did the characters. Along with Jack Kirby, Lee created the Fantastic Four, a group of superheroes given flaws and natural characteristics. Breaking away from the archetype that all superheroes were perfect, may have been another reason for Lee’s success.

After the success of the Fantastic Four, Marvel and Lee introduced other iconic superheroes like the Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, Spider-Man, and many more between 1961 and 1964. These characters became a huge success and boosted Marvel’s popularity above their main rival, D.C. Comics.

“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic-book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers,” Lee told the Washington Post. “And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain people, you’re doing a good thing.”

Stan Lee will be missed.

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Stan Lee Dies at Age 95