(ABC) – Stan Lee, former editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics, and the creator of beloved characters including Spider-Man, Iron Man, X-Men, and more, died on Nov. 12, ABC News has confirmed. He was 95 years old.
Earlier this year, Lee has been hospitalized with a case of pneumonia, though he assured his fans at the time, “I’ve been fighting.”
Lee was an innovator and his work with Marvel Comics was groundbreaking, no more so than as in recent years with movies dominating the box offices involving his most prized characters such as Spider-Man, The Avengers and X-Men.
The New York City native was born Stanley Martin Lieber in 1922 to Celia and Jack Lieber, and said that as a child, he loved to read, though he wasn’t particularly interested into comic books. However, in the late 1930s and early 1940s, he got a job as an assistant at Timely Comics, which would eventually become Marvel Comics. Lee’s duties included proofreading, refilling ink for the artists and other remedial duties, he told the Los Angeles Times in 2009.
In 1941, he made his comic debut writing a Captain America book, and used the pseudonym “Stan Lee” for the first time. But it wasn’t until late 1950s when Lee struck out on his own, creating superheroes for what is now Marvel Comics, and giving them human flaws, something that hadn’t been seen in the comic realm.