Stan Lee, the brain behind Spiderman, Black Panther, The Fantastic Four, and other Marvel Superheroes has died. He was 95.
Spiderman, Xmen, and IronMan are the most iconic comic book superheroes in history, and they would not exist without Stanley. He lived a life almost as incredible as the characters he created.
Spiderman, created in 1962, is the most successful comic book creation of Stan Lee. It is also the favorite of Stan Lee amongst his creations.
Lee also imagined Thor, Incredible Hulk, and The Fantastic Four. All of them also have superpowers. He never thought that these characters would last for a long time.
Lee was raised in a Jewish family, but in a 2002 survey of whether he believed in God, he stated, “Well, let me put it this way… [Pauses.] No, I’m not going to try to be clever. I really don’t know. I just don’t know.”
From 1945 to 1947, Lee lived in the rented top floor of a brownstone in the East 90s in Manhattan. He married Joan Clayton Boocock on December 5, 1947, and in 1949, the couple bought a house in Woodmere, New York, on Long Island, living there through 1952. Their daughter Joan Celia “J. C.” Lee was born in 1950. Another child, daughter Jan Lee, died three days after delivery in 1953.
The Lees resided in the Long Island town of Hewlett Harbor, New York, from 1952 to 1980. They also owned a condominium on East 63rd Street in Manhattan from 1975 to 1980, and during the 1970s owned a vacation home in Remsenburg, New York. For their move to the West Coast in 1981, they bought a home in West Hollywood, California, previously owned by comedian Jack Benny’s radio announcer Don Wilson.
In September 2012, Lee underwent an operation to insert a pacemaker, which required cancelling planned appearances at conventions.
On July 6, 2017, his wife of 69 years, Joan, died of complications from a stroke. She was 95 years old.
In April 2018, The Hollywood Reporter published a report that claimed Lee was a victim of elder abuse; the report asserted that among others, Keya Morgan, a memorabilia collector, had been isolating Lee from his trusted friends and associates following his wife’s death, as to get access to Lee’s wealth, estimated to be worth US$50 million. Ultimately, in August 2018, Morgan was issued a restraining order to stay away from Lee, his daughter, or his associates for three years.