Marvel's real life hero Stan Lee has died, aged 95

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Stan Lee is a man whose popularity transcends the company Marvel Comics, who he wrote for and later headed before stepping down.

Stan Lee began in the business in 1939 and was the co-creator behind the likes of Spider-Man, X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Black Panther and The Fantastic Four - to name a few.

An attorney for the Lee family, Kirk E. Schenck, said that Lee "did pass away this morning in Los Angeles".

Follow on over to TMZ for more on the passing of Marvel legend, Stan Lee. Lee would serve as Marvel's editor-in-chief until 1972, when he became publisher. Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr. posted an image of himself and Lee on-set together, while Spider-Man star Tom Holland called him "the father of Marvel" who "made so many people so incredibly happy". According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lee made a cameo in almost every Marvel film from 1989 to 2018; he also made cameos in Marvel animated series, and outside of the Marvel Universe, perhaps most notably on The Simpsons, where he appeared in multiple episodes as himself. I don't know where it is, but a guy, and maybe one or two others, have found a way to take it.

There has always been debate regarding how responsible both Lee and Kirby were in the creation of these iconic, and very lucrative, characters.

"Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe", he tweeted.

Lee had suffered several illnesses in the past year.

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More than 2 million of Lee's comic books have been published in 75 nations and in 25 languages. 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".

Lee can be seen most recently in Venom where he made a cameo at the end of the movie encouraging Eddie Brock to win back his ex-fiancee.

"Yeah, I could feel for old Peter", Lee told AMC in 2012. Thank you for inspiring me to think and dream big.

Eventually, Lee moved up to become a text filler for the actual comics, co-creating his first ever hero, The Destroyer.

The Marvel Comics icon was inducted into the Signal Corps Regimental Association in March 2017 - a moment he says trumps some of his top accomplishments.

Pittsburgh native Joe Manganiello, who started his acting career playing Flash Thompson in the 2002 movie "Spider-Man", was among those mourning, saying, "You will be missed my friend".

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