Stan Lee, the colorful character behind some of the world’s favorite characters, has sadly passed away, aged 95.

Stan Lee was taken by ambulance from his home in Los Angeles to Cedar’s Sinai Medical Center early Monday morning, where he sadly passed away. The cause of Lee’s death is still unknown. Lee had suffered from several health issues over the past year, including a bout of pneumonia and vision issues.

Stan Lee began his long and illustrious career in the comic book industry with what was then Timely Comics in 1939. During his tenure, he took roles in writing, editing, and even illustration. His time at the studio would be interrupted in 1942 by his service in the Second World War as a member of the US Signal Corps. He was later transferred to the Training Film Division, working on manuals, training films, and occasional cartooning.

Stan Lee was one of few men to serve with the military classification of Playwright.

Following the end of the war, Lee would return to Timely Comics ahead of its rebrand, Atlas Comics in the early 1950’s. Come 1961, Atlas Comics would become the goliath we know today, Marvel Comics. Launching in 1961 with The Fantastic Four, created by Stan Lee and artist/co-plotter Jack Kirby, Marvel Comics revolutionized the industry. Giving us characters with a flawed humanity, a departure from the often perfect heroes portrayed in the past.

Stan Lee Cameo in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Stan Lee’s iconic cameo in the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2

Stan Lee would go on to see Marvel through its greatest successes, as Editor-in-Chief, Chairman, Publisher, and later Chairman Emeritus. Lee’s career gave us so many beloved characters, with Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man, and The Avengers all filling his portfolio alongside many, many others.

We’ve all been touched by the incredible life and work of Stan Lee here at n3rdabl3, and we would like to send our deepest sympathies to his family in this difficult time. Lee is survived by his Daughter, Joan Celia Lee.

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