Stan Lee

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Stan Lee (Dec. 22, 1922 – Nov. 12, 2018) was a creator of superheroes for comic books, beginning with the Fantastic Four and including the Incredible Hulk, Spider-Man, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, and the X-Men. Many of his creations became the subjects of blockbuster movies. Some assert that others, most notably Jack Kirby,[1] deserved more credit than they received for many of those comic book heroes.[2]

In contrast with Superman and Batman, Lee would emphasize the flawed human side of his heroes and have them address social issues.

His work propelled Marvel Comics to enormous success. He became its editorial director and publisher in 1972.[3]

Leftist Bill Maher received the following backlash, after Maher sarcastically criticized fans of Stan Lee when he passed away.

Mr. Maher: Comic books, like all literature, are storytelling devices. When written well by great creators such as Stan Lee, they make us feel, make us think and teach us lessons that hopefully make us better human beings. One lesson Stan taught so many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful that we can say you have a right to your opinion that comics are childish and unsophisticated. Many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare.

But to say that Stan merely inspired people to “watch a movie” is in our opinion frankly disgusting. Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls. He gave us the X-Men, Black Panther, Spider-Man and many other heroes and stories that offered hope to those who felt different and bullied while inspiring countless to be creative and dream of great things to come. ...[4]