"Not all heroes wear capes" - Stan Lee 1922 - 2018

Stan Lee was an American comic-book writer, editor, and publisher, executive vice president and publisher of Marvel Comics.

Stan Lee circa 1970Photographer: Mondadori Portfolio via Getty Images

First came the Fantastic Four, a superhero team probably most famous for the grumpy, rock-skinned Thing. Following that success Lee and Marvel introduced such characters as Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men, Daredevil, and many other fictional characters, introducing a thoroughly shared universe into superhero comic books.

Stan Lee in 2008. Photographer: Jonathan Alcorn/Bloomberg

I never thought that Spider-Man would become the worldwide icon that he is. I just hoped the books would sell and I'd keep my job, Lee said in 2006.

On 16 July 2017, Lee was named a Disney Legend, a hall of fame program that recognizes individuals who have made an extraordinary and integral contribution to The Walt Disney Company.

RIP Stan Lee

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