Tributes have poured in for Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, man behind Spider-Man, Black Panther and X-Men, after he died at the age of 95. According to his family lawyers, the legendary comic book author died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.
The CEO of Lee’s Pow! Entertainment praised the “father of pop culture” for inventing ‘universes of characters,’ reported BBC.
Lee has been periodically suffering from illnesses, including a bout of pneumonia recently.
Speaking to celebrity news magazine TMZ, his daughter JC Lee said that her legendary father was ‘the greatest, most decent man.’ She told Reuters news agency that her father ‘felt an obligation to his fans to keep creating.’
Lee’s wife, Joan, too had died aged 95 last year. JC Lee is their only child.
Lee had created The Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics before he created iconic titles such Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk.
Bob Iger, chairman of the Walt Disney Company, which bought Marvel Comics for $4bn in 2009, called Lee “a super hero in his own right” in a statement. He said in a statement, “The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”
Hugh Jackman, who played Wolverine in the X-Men films, tweeted, “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.”
Evangeline Lilly, who portrayed Ant Man’s superhero partner, the Wasp, wrote, “Stan…more than a master of stories, you always seemed like a master of living. I will look to you for inspiration for the rest of my life. You live on. xoxo Your Wasp.”
Chris Evans, the star of Captain America, wrote, “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!!”