Date: 13th November 2018
Tributes are being paid to American writer and former president of Marvel Comics Stan Lee, who has died at the age of 95.
Stan Lee, the legendary comic book writer and editor who helped redefine the medium when he co-created much of Marvel Comics’ vast library of characters and concepts, died on Monday.
In 1961, Lee created The Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics, and went on to create titles including Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk.
Actor Chris Evans, best known for playing Marvel's Captain America, wrote "there will never be another Stan Lee".
X-Men star Hugh Jackman said "we've lost a creative genius."
Lee was known for making a cameo in every Marvel film, though he had left the Marvel company in 1972. He remained chairman emeritus.
Lee was born in 1922 to working-class Jewish immigrants from Romania.
He began working at the comics section of Timely Publications - a company that would eventually transform into Marvel Comics - and became comics editor there at age 18.
But for years Lee wrote only simple comics focusing on crime stories, horrors and westerns aimed at young readers.
Aged 40, he decided to give up on comics. But his wife Joan urged him to create the characters he always wanted to write as his comic swansong.
And in 1961, Lee and artist Jack Kirby created the Fantastic Four - compelling characters with individual personalities and relatable problems.
Source: Press Release