There are very few people who completely personify the word “icon,” but Stan Lee certainly IS on that extremely short list. And sadly, the comic book legend has left us. The co-creator of heroes like Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, and the X-Men was rushed to the hospital from his Hollywood Hills home yesterday morning and that’s reportedly where he passed away. He was 95.
Lee got his start in comic books in 1939 at Timely Comics, which later became Marvel Comics. He was known for his work with Jack Kirby on “Fantastic Four,” helped revive Captain America, and created Falcon – the first African-American superhero – in the 1960's. Lee created Spider-Man with Steve Ditko, which later became one of Marvel's best-selling titles.
He was also Marvel's publisher, the public face of the company, and is known for his catchphrase, "Excelsior!" And sure, while he may have been a little long in the tooth, his mythology was something the younger generations could connect with. Not only were his stories and character about average people living extraordinary lives, but “kids today” also got to know Lee courtesy of his cameos in almost all of the live action movies from the Marvel Universe.
His iconic status aside, recent years have been rough for Lee. He lost Joan, his beloved wife of 70 years in 2017 – and since then, there have been a number of legal issues and health problems to manage. But for what’s worth, he’s now reunited with Joan – who by all accounts – he was absolutely devoted to during their life together...and she, him. And that makes it all the more appropriate that one of the most popular quotes of his popping up online in the last 24 hours is this: "There is only one who is all powerful,” he once said in “Silver Surfer.” “And his greatest weapon is love."