Legendary comic book writer and editor Stan Lee died at the age of 95, a family attorney confirmed Monday to the Associated Press. During his decades-long career in comics, Lee was one of the key figures behind some of Marvel’s most iconic characters.
Even as different creators took over those characters, Lee remained a towering figure in the Marvel universe, introduced time and again to new generations through his movie cameos as he remained the public face of Marvel Comics.
"With a heavy heart, we share our deepest condolences with his daughter and brother, and we honor and remember the creator, voice and champion of Marvel,” reads a statement from Marvel. The company also posted this Lee quote on its remembrance page, which recounts his lifetime of work:
“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. 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, you’re doing a good thing.”
As news of Lee’s death spread, celebrities, comic book creators and fans shared their memories of Lee on social media, tweeting about how the man who had such a profound influence on comics impacted their own lives.
Kevin Feige, president of Marvel Studios, tweeted that “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.”
"A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect,” said Bob Iger, the chairman and CEO of the Walt Disney Company.
Actors who played parts in Marvel movies offered their condolences:
The comics world paid tribute to Lee, too. Marvel competitor DC Comics posted a statement. “He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark,” the publishing company tweeted. “His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan."
Several people pointed out that Lee was a veteran, and news of his death came out the week of Veterans Day.
Many more praised the work he created over the years:
This post has been updated.