Stan Lee, the comic book writer, editor and publisher known for co-creating such Marvel characters as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and Black Panther died Monday, according to a statement from Disney. He was 95.
Lee was taken from his home in Los Angeles to Cedars Sinai Medical Center after suffering a medical emergency, and passed away a short time later.
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created,” said Walt Disney Company Chairman and CEO Bob Iger. “A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”
Lee developed some of the world’s most iconic superheroes with Marvel artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko.
In the 1960s, Lee and Kirby helped revolutionize the comic book industry with the debut of the Fantastic Four. Lee went on to co-create The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man and The Avengers.
Avengers: Infinity War actor Anthony Mackie paid tribute to Lee on Twitter.
“You were a man before your time… now it feels like you are gone before your time,” Mackie tweeted. “RIP Stan the Man… thanks for the laughs and words of support. It’s a honor to live in your universe!”
You were a man before your time… now it feels like you are gone before your time. RIP Stan the Man… thanks for the laughs and words of support. It’s a honor to live in your universe! #MarvelKnight pic.twitter.com/1TXdPqUB3x
— Anthony Mackie (@AnthonyMackie) November 12, 2018
Lee left Marvel in 1972, but kept the title chairman emeritus.
He was listed as executive producer on some of the most successful films featuring Marvel characters,
and made dozens of cameos in the films.