Creator of SpiderMan is no more
numerous popular fictional characters, like Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron
Man, Thor, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and Ant-
Man died on 12 th November 2018 at the age of 95.
As a writer and editor, Lee rose through the ranks of a family run business at Marvel Comics to become its primary creative leader for almost two decades. As an employee, he received limited payback on the windfall from his characters.
Lee was famous for creating a new layer of complexity and humanity to superheroes. His
characters were not made of stone. The had love and money worries and endured tragic
flaws or feelings of insecurity. “I felt it would be fun to learn a little about their private lives,
about their personalities and show that they are human as well as super,” Lee told NPR
News in 2010.
Spider-Man is one of the most successfully licensed characters ever. Dozens of Marvel
Comics movies, with nearly all the characters Lee created, were produced in the first
decades of the 21 st century, grossing over $20 billion at theatres worldwide.
“His greatest legacy will be not only the co-creation of his characters but the way he helped
to build the culture that comics have become, which is a pretty significant one,” said Robert
Thompson, a pop culture expert at Syracuse University.
In a final message to his fans via a video on Twitter, he says, ““It’s an equal love-fest. I love
my fans. I cannot tell you how much I love my fans. Sometimes, at night, when I’m sitting
here, and I’m thinking, ‘Oh, what’s it all about?,’ and then I get a letter from a fan, or I read
something, or I see something, or I remember something, and I realize, it’s so lucky to have
fans — fans who really care about you. And that’s the reason I care so much about the fans,
because they make me feel so great, and there’s something, if you think about it, is just so
wonderful about somebody caring about you as I care about them, whom you’ve never met,
who may live in another part of the world. But they care, and you have something in
common, and occasionally you contact each other. This business of fans, I think is terrific,
and I love ‘em all.”