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Marvel Comic co-creater Stan Lee dies at 95 – celebrities comment

Screen Shot 2018-11-12 at 8.43.46 PMStan Lee known legendary writer, editor and publisher of Marvel Comics who will always be an American hero to all the die hard fans of Marvel comics. His fanbase covers a national as well as international fan base that will miss his presence. His Legacy will live on forever. Lee was very respected and changed the lives of many by making American Heros and Vilans from the comic books to bringing them alive on the big screen. We have Spiderman,  the Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, the Fantastic Four, X-men, the Avengers, Iron Man, Captain America, Ant Man &  the Wasp and Luke Cage. Am I missing anyone? Whew! That was a pretty impressive list.

Screen Shot 2018-11-13 at 11.52.48 AMWhat people loved most about each Marvel comic flicks is that Stan Lee makes a cameo in every film. Funny how Tyler Perry started off making cameos and Will Packer always makes a cameo in his films as well. I wonder is this something that was picked up from the brilliant Stan Lee? Variety.com listed a video clip of every cameo Stan Lee has ever appeared in. He was truly an amazing man with a vision!

Screen Shot 2018-11-13 at 11.50.11 AMSuffering from complications with his health for the past two years Stan Lee is finally resting in peace at the ago of 95 at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, He definitely led a very fullfilling life right down to the end. According to 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 alleging 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 is 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.

On his own and through his work with frequent artist-writer collaborators Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and others, Lee catapulted Marvel from a tiny venture into the world’s No. 1 publisher of comic books and, later, a multimedia giant.

In 2009, The Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion, and most of the top-grossing superhero films of all time — led by Avengers: Infinity War‘s $2.05 billion worldwide take earlier this year — have featured Marvel characters.

“I used to think what I did was not very important,” he told the Chicago Tribune in April 2014. “People are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes. But I suppose I have come to realize that entertainment is not easily dismissed.”

Lee’s fame and influence as the face and figurehead of Marvel, even in his nonagenarian years, remained considerable.

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Also according to the Hollywood Reporter

Following DC Comics’ lead with the Justice League, Lee and Kirby in November 1961 launched their own superhero team, the Fantastic Four, for the newly renamed Marvel Comics, and Hulk, Spider-Man, Doctor Strange, Daredevil and X-Men soon followed. The Avengers launched as its own title in September 1963.

Perhaps not surprisingly, Manhattan’s high-literary culture vultures did not bestow its approval on how Lee was making a living. People would “avoid me like I had the plague. … Today, it’s so different,” he once told The Washington Post.

Not everyone felt the same way, though. Lee recalled once being visiting in his New York office by Federico Fellini, who wanted to talk about nothing but Spider-Man.

In 1972, Lee was named publisher and relinquished the Marvel editorial reins to spend all his time promoting the company. He moved to Los Angeles in 1980 to set up an animation studio and to build relationships in Hollywood. Lee purchased a home overlooking the Sunset Strip that was once owned by Jack Benny’s announcer, Don Wilson.

Long before his Marvel characters made it to the movies, they appeared on television. An animated Spider-Man show (with a memorable theme song composed by Oscar winner Paul Francis Webster, of “The Shadow of Your Smile” fame, and Bob Harris) ran on ABC from 1967 to 1970. Bill Bixby played Dr. David Banner, who turns into a green monster (Lou Ferrigno) when he gets agitated, in the 1977-82 CBS drama The Incredible Hulk. And Pamela Anderson provided the voice of Stripperella, a risque animated Spike TV series that Lee wrote for in 2003-04.

Lee launched the internet-based Stan Lee Media in 1998, and the superhero creation, production and marketing studio went public a year later. However, when investigators uncovered illegal stock manipulation by his partners, the company filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in 2001. (Lee was never charged.) In 2002, Lee published an autobiography, Excelsior! The Amazing Life of Stan Lee.

I’m really taken back about the sudden death of Stan Lee and he was truly a remarkable person who dared to take the next step to not only write down his thoughts but to turn them into characters and then film on the big screen and we will always love him for his creativity.  Let his ambition be ammunition for you to move your thoughts to action. The choice to do this could truly be life changing.

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