Marvel Comics’ Stan Lee: The End of an Era
Stan Lee, creator of many beloved Marvel comic book characters, died at the age of 95 on Nov. 12, 2018. The legendary writer’s collection of important papers resides at the American Heritage Center (AHC) at the University of Wyoming.
Lee was the editor-in-chief of Marvel Comics and later its publisher and chairman. Most recently he served as a figurehead making public appearances, and cameos, on behalf of Marvel.
Lee’s creations include the Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, the Hulk, the X-Men, Black Panther, and more.
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart,” said Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO, The Walt Disney Company, in a written statement.
AJ Longhurst, an actor, magician, and comic book lover from Sheridan, found inspiration in the life and works of Stan Lee. “I think it is the end of an era,” he said. “People communicate differently now than they did back then. Now, media is digital, so people look at movies and CGI and don’t think about how a message can come from the printed word.”
Longhurst pointed out that, during World War II, Lee’s job was to write and draw posters for the war effort. “These days, they create what they think people want to see, as opposed to ‘this is the message I’m trying to create,’” he said.
When asked what the passing of Lee means to him, Longhurst said, “He was a champion for people who were different. When he created the X-Men, he was creating entertainment, but when you look at the reason for creating them, it’s reminiscent of now. He was visionary, ahead of his time. That’s a big loss… He stuck up for the underdog, even if that meant he had to dress them in a pair of Spandex.”
According to Variety, Lee died at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California, on November 12, 2018, after being rushed there due to a medical emergency earlier in the day.