Comic Industry Legend Stan Lee Passes Away at 95

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While she did not mention Lee's cause of demise, celebrity news website TMZ reported that an ambulance was called to Lee's Hollywood Hills home early on Monday and that he died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. He is survived by his brother Larry Lieber and his daughter J.C.

"Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created", said Bob Iger, The Walt Disney Company CEO, in a statement.

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Lee began his long and esteemed career in the world of comic books in 1939, running errands for Marvel precursor Timely Comics before eventually being named editor after his war service. He is also known for his numerous cameos in Marvel Cinematic Universe films.

While there has always been debate regarding how responsible both Lee and Kirby were in the creation of these iconic, and very lucrative, characters, it is hard to deny that Lee played a large part in bringing this modern era of realism and grit to the comic book world. "That it was cool to want to be the good guy and that there was a price to pay for not standing up for the downtrodden, the oppressed, the little guy", Jim Lee said.

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The creative icon worked alongside Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko to establish one of the most impressive comics and later entertainment empires in history.

His wife of 69 years, also named Joan, passed away in July 2017.

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"His contribution to Pop Culture was revolutionary & can not be overstated". However, his legacy, in the characters that we love and the people that he touched will certainly live on. Here are some of the tributes pouring in Monday from Lee's Marvel family, including Chris Evans, Robert Downey Jr. and Kevin Feige, as well as many other famous fans of his great work. As people loved the comic characters, the comics were later turned into superhero movies which were reportedly made after Disney acquired Marvel in a 4-billion-dollar deal in 2009. Truth be told, whenever someone such as Stan provides dynamite material to Marvel, that forces DC to up its game as well.

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