By Esteban Reyes (Sophomore)
He created superheroes for us to look up too, but too many, he was the real superhero. The godfather of Marvel Comics, Stan ‘The Man’ Lee, sadly passed away on Nov 12, 2018, due to his battle with Pneumonia, at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Before becoming the face of Marvel Comics, Lee started his journey becoming an assistant then moving up to editor-in-chief for Timely comics, later becoming Atlas comics then into the name we know today as Marvel Comics. Around the 60’s Lee, and co-creator Jack Kirby, were asked to make a series following a group of superheroes while fighting crime.
The team was called The Fantastic Four. Because The Fantastic Four did so well on its first debut, Lee and Kirby went into a rampage, creating a whole new roster of characters that we know and love today. They were responsible for the creation of Spider-Man, Iron Man, Hulk, Black Panther, Thor, Doctor Strange, Daredevil and so much more.
Lee was involved in almost anything Marvel or Marvel related, from comics to video games, to even having a cameo in almost every Marvel movie, ever created. His fame went as far as to have his own show on History Channel called “Stan Lee’s Superhumans”, also having an autobiography called “Excelsior! The Amazing Life Of Stan Lee”.
Lee went from an assistant to editor-in-chief, then stepping up to the publisher of Marvel Comics. Even though Marvel was on top of the charts, Lee didn’t let all that power corrupt him. His love for comics was still just as strong as it was when he was just a child.
He was a wise man with many wise words, he was a hero in many ways but for me, he was my idol. He opened the door to a whole new universe for me. In the fourth grade is where it all began. My brother came home with a hand full of comic books that he gave me, and the very first one I picked up was a Deadpool comic. Now he didn’t create the character but Deadpool still apart of a universe that Lee created. It wasn’t a very appropriate comic book but I didn’t mind the blood or cursing, what mattered to me was the story itself. The dialogue, the artwork, it was just overall very professional. The way the characters talked, the action, it was just like a movie.
From that comic I moved on to another comic, then to another, and another. Lee opened my eyes, he was there when nobody was, he had my back during stressful days, and he still has my back even till this day. He opened my eyes and painted a bigger picture and for that, I am eternally grateful.
He was a kind-hearted man, that deserved the best. His death came to an abrupt but his legacy will live forever on, through his work, through his quotes, and most importantly through his cameos.
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A superhero 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”
-Bob Iger, CEO, and Chairman of Walt Disney Company
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