Marvel Comics’ most prominent hero, Stan Lee, has passed away at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, California. He was 95 years old.
Lee first began his work in comics in 1941, when he contributed to the third issue of Captain America. A year later, he found himself enlisted in the US army repairing telegraph poles and other communications equipment. He also did some cartooning while he wrote safety manuals for army equipment, earning him the title “playwright” among his ranks.
Marvel Comics are well known for the heroes, most of whom have inherent character flaws – an idea brought to Lee by his wife, Joan Boocock. Lee’s first creation was Fantastic Four, which he did in tandem with illustrator Jack Kirby. This was the beginning of a revolution that would change the landscape of pop-culture forever.
The first of Lee’s many famous movie cameos was in 2001, when he appeared as a hotdog vendor in X-Men. The appearance started a tradition held dear by Marvel fans and movie fans alike, where Lee would have a cameo in Marvel movies released since.
The last Marvel movie Lee appeared in was Marvel’s Ant-Man and the Wasp. Movie goers can still expect Lee’s cameos in all films up to Avengers 4, which has yet to be named officially.