Excelsior! Saying Goodbye to Stan Lee

On November 12, 2018, Stan Lee passed away at the age of 95 at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles, early in the morning. He was wildly famous for his comic books and all the characters that he had created. Most of the characters from the Marvel comics are his creations or co-creations. He has been the mastermind behind several iconic superheroes like Spider-Man, the X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, and Incredible Hulk, Black Panther, Ant-Man and many more. He is the big driving force that Marvel comics got to boost their small company into a world renowned one and the leading manufacturer of comic books.

Stan Lee has touched the life of many people through his books. His superheroes became a medium of communication between him and his readers. He was an expert at knowing how to break the wall between the art and the artist. He was his art and his art was him; that is, he has put so much life in his art that it cannot be easily distinguished from him. He developed the characters in such a way that everyone could relate to them. He was the pioneer in breaking the stereotype that comic books where meant for children. His comic books were read by everyone because of its universal appeal. He moulded his characters in such a way that there would be something for each age group. He had the knack of playing with the emotions of the characters and portraying them exceptionally. Although all of his comics came to the conclusion that good wins over evil, it was done in a different way in each comic. The readers related to the hero’s struggles and felt the pain. They also travelled with the characters and felt their pride or happiness of victory. Subconsciously, the triumph of good over evil gave the readers peace of mind wherein they were assured that at the end of the day, it will all be okay.

Many have called Stan Lee as the Super Hero without the Cape. With an astonishing 52 characters under his belt all of whose storied he has created and been involved in, the praise is apt to the author. All the movies under the Marvel banner have his touch as well. He was present through the process of script writing and direction. He would play a cameo role in every Marvel movie. His cameos were known to be hilarious, and add a crazy element to the movie. Even though he became the face of Marvel, he stepped away from his regular duties in the late 90s. Despite this, every marvel book and movie had a bit of Stan Lee to it.

Stan Lee’s personal story is one to be remembered as well. He faced his own share of failures and disappointments. But, it was how he handled them that made him so popular. After stepping down from Marvel, he began his own company with Peter Paul. However, the company had to file for bankruptcy and Paul was acquitted for trading stock in Stan Lee Media. He has faced several law suits for improper use of intellectual property. He won most of his cases and obtained credit where it was deserved. He began to write freelance for other comic companies. However, 2017 was the most chaotic and confused year in his life as he lost his wife of 69 years. He began acting out after this event in a very irrational manner. There was a visible change in his behaviour and in his attitude.

Stan Lee was also involved in a lot of charity work.  He founded the Stan Lee Foundation in 2010 to promote literacy, art and education. He was honoured during his lifetime with several accolades. He was also immortalised by becoming a character in a feature film for his 65th anniversary of working with Marvel. The news of his death has affected several people and the whole industry. All the actors took to social media to express their grievances. Several other artists have been honouring him by drawing sketches in memory of him. His daughter later revealed that her dad was working on a new comic called The Dirtman.He has also shot his cameo roles for two upcoming marvel movies, Avengers 4 and Captain Marvel. He wrote a book on his journey called Excelsior! The Amazing Life of Stan Lee. It is only right to bid him adieu using his famous catchphrase, Excelsior!

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