Stan Lee, who was almost certainly the most famous man in comics, died this past monday at 95, according to reports from TMZ.
Over the course of his life, the brilliant Jewish writer, editor, and publisher for Marvel Comics became the face of the company. He created or had a hand in creating titles like Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, and the Incredible Hulk among countless others.
There is so much to be said about the man who shaped modern culture through a boy who can climb walls and a professor with anger issues. In a YouTube video released last year, Stan Lee championed tolerance and inclusion, reaffirming the heroism and positivity the Marvel Universe was built on
“Marvel has always been, and always will be, a reflection of the world right outside our window,” Lee said. “That world may change and evolve, but the one thing that will never change is the way we tell our stories about heroism.”
“Those stories have room for everybody, regardless of their race, gender, religion or color of their skin.”
“The only things we don’t have room for, are hatred, intolerance and bigotry. That man next to you – he’s your brother. That woman over there – she’s your sister. And that kid walking by – hey, who knows, he may have the proportionate strength of a spider!”
“We’re all part of one big family – the human family – and we all come together in the body of Marvel.”