95 years-old, Stan Lee, of Marvel Comics fame has passed away. A part of my childhood slipped away. Animal shares my feelings
Sad news today, as we wish a fond farewell to comics maven Stan Lee. It’s not often you can say of a man that he literally created a whole world, but Stan Lee and Marvel Comics certainly did that. Excerpt:
In the late ’50s, DC started reimagining its heroes — kicking off what comics historians call the “Silver Age” of the business — but those figures were still, largely, otherworldly and two-dimensional, living in made-up places such as Metropolis and Gotham City.
In the early ’60s, Lee was asked to come up with a team of superheroes to compete against DC’s Justice League. With the notable help of artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he helped instigate a revolution, though Lee didn’t see it that way at the time.
“If my publisher hadn’t said ‘let’s do superhero stories,’ I’d probably still be doing ‘A Kid Called Outlaw,’ ‘The Two-Gun Kid’ or ‘Millie the Model’ or whatever I was doing at the time,” he told CNN in 2013.
Marvel revitalized the comics business with a series of flawed, more human superheroes. Its figures lived in the real world — a few were based in New York City, with all its dirt and clamor — and struggled with everyday challenges, whether it was paying the rent or wondering about their purposes in life.
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 and Daredevil.
I love Marvel Comics. Avengers was my favorite, mainly because so many of my favorites, Iron Man, Thor, Captain America, The Black Panther were all Avengers. Others I loved included The Hulk, Spider Man, The Fantastic Four, and Daredevil. So many memories, reading those comics as a kid