Stan Lee, known for co-creating many beloved comic book characters from Marvel Comics, snappy cameos in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, and his far-reaching influences in the comic book world, has passed away at the age of 95 on November 12, 2018.
Stan Lee was rushed to the hospital following a medical emergency earlier that day.
After revealing to the public, earlier this year, that he had been fighting pneumonia, Stan Lee was rushed to the hospital in February this year, for his condition.
After his passing, tributes were made in his memory by many celebrities.
Thanks for everything Stan Lee! What a life, so well lived. I consider myself extraordinarily lucky to have gotten to meet you and to have played in the world you created.
— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) November 12, 2018
There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018
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. #StanLee #Wolverine pic.twitter.com/iOdefi7iYz
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 12, 2018
No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans. #ThankYouStan #Excelsior!
— Kevin Feige (@Kevfeige) November 12, 2018
Stan Lee created a universe where, if a character was beloved enough, they could never really die.
Now THAT’S thinking ahead.
Thanks for so much of my life. You’ll never not be in it.
— Joss Whedon (@joss) November 12, 2018
Even Disney paid tribute:
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect." –Bob Igerhttps://t.co/pLTKx1R0dF pic.twitter.com/Uj9fqHpZXg
— Disney (@Disney) November 12, 2018
Some tributes even includes Stan Lee’s ever-present catchphrase, “Excelsior”, which as Stan Lee puts it:
Finally, what does “Excelsior” mean? “Upward and onward to greater glory!” That’s what I wish you whenever I finish tweeting! Excelsior!
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) November 9, 2010
This was a phrase which he had used to sign-off in his columns since the 1960s, as an expression to end his comic columns. And his life was, just like the phrase, moving “upward and onward to greater glory”. Stan Lee’s bibliography spans years, from the 1960s to the 2000s, and has created more than 300 characters in worlds that are complex and riveting. He wasn’t just a comic book writer. Stan Lee was also the editor-in chief of Marvel Comics, and later he became Marvel Comics’ publisher and chairman and he led its expansion to become a big multimedia corporation.
Stan Lee’s characters has been made into live-action television shows, animations, and movies. His legacy lives on in every character that he had created and co-created.
Stan Lee leaves behind a daughter, Joan Celia Lee who tells TMZ.com:
“My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”
Stan Lee also leaves behind a brother, Larry Lieber, who worked with Stan and was a comic book artist and writer. He co-created, with his brother, Marvel Comics superheroes like Thor, Ant-Man and Iron Man.
Stan Lee had introduced a world with relatable heroes with problems of their own which this writer cherishes. The famous characters that he had co-created includes Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, the Hulk and many more.
So, goodbye Stan Lee, and thank you for the stories. Excelsior!