It’s a sad day for all the true believers out there. Mighty Marvel’s Stan Lee has passed. And his importance to the comic book industry — and now the entire entertainment industry via movies, television and games — cannot be understated.
From The Hollywood Reporter…
Lee, who began in the business in 1939 and created or co-created Black Panther, Spider-Man, X-Men, The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil, Ant-Man and other characters, died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a source told The Hollywood Reporter.
Lee’s final few years were tumultuous. After Joan, his wife of 69 years, died in July 2017, he sued executives at POW! Entertainment — a company he founded in 2001 to develop film, TV and video game properties — for $1 billion for fraud, then abruptly dropped the suit weeks later.
He also sued his ex-business manager and filed for a restraining order against a man who had been handling his affairs. (Lee’s estate was estimated to be worth as much as $70 million.) And in June 2018, it was revealed that the Los Angeles Police Department had been investigating reports of elder abuse against him.
Of course, Marvel was purchased by the Walt Disney Company in 2009. The Marvel Cinematic Universe took many of Stan’s characters to a whole new level of awareness with the general public.
It is indeed a sad day for comics fans. But chin up, true believers — Marvel Superheroes are here to stay, and in some way that means a part of Stan will live on forever.
[Source: The Hollywood Reporter]
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