Stan Lee Leaves Behind A Trail Of Legend !
The great comic book legend Stan Lee, who revolutionized the way people read comic books and helped Hollywood make billions of dollars by bringing to screen human frailties in superheroes like Spider-Man, the Hulk and the Fantastic Four, died on Monday aged 95. According to Kirk Schenck, attorney for Lee’s daughter, JC Lee, Stan was declared dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The news sent a shock-wave through Hollywood and fans around the world.
Many of us aren’t aware of how Stan Lee’s contribution and his works to raise comic books from to ‘child-only’ to ‘grown-up centric’
1. Stan Lee was considered as the modern architect of the contemporary comic book, who worked as the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher.
He is responsible for reviving the comic book industry in the 1960s by offering the costumes and action the brought in younger readers while focusing on sophisticated plots, college-level dialogues, satire, science fiction, even philosophy.
2. Coming to the present time, Lee put-in his expertise in projects like the Avengers: Infinity War, Black Panther, Guardians of the Galaxy to TV series like Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Daredevil.
Lee became recognisable to his new age fans and connected with them through his cameos in Marvel films and TV projects- his grey hair and his glasses slightly tinted.
3. “I think everybody loves things that are bigger than life… I think of them as fairy tales for grown-ups,”
Stan shared in an interview, “We all grew up with giants and ogres and witches. Well, you get a little bit older and you’re too old to read fairy tales. But I don’t think you ever outgrew your love for those kinds of things, things that are bigger than life and magical and very imaginative.”
4. Lee said he was also working for a publisher who considered comics as fare only for children.
“Once I said. ‘This is insane,’” Lee told The Guardian in 1979, “I’m just doing the same type of stories as everybody else. I wasn’t taking pride in my work and I wanted to quit, but my wife said, ‘Look, who don’t you do the kind of comics you want for a change?’” The result was the first issue of The Fantastic Four, in 1960, with the characters, plot and text from Lee and the illustrations by famed Marvel artist Jack Kirby.
5. Lee’s wife and partner in every crime, Joan Lee, died on 6th July 2017.
This left a void in Stan’s life, who was already in a mental and physical decline and vulnerable to hangers-on who began to surround him. Lawsuits, court fights and an elder abuse investigation, all emerged in the fight over who spoke for the elderly Lee.
6. Lee is survived by his daughter, Joanie, and a younger brother, Larry Lieber, who has also worked in comics all his life.
Stan Lee will be remembered as the person who changed the way we look at comics and which is not just for kids but can be read by grown-ups too. RIP Stan Lee!