TMZ is reporting that Stan lee has passed away at age 95, as confirmed by his daughter, JC Lee.
J.C. told TMZ, “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”
We’ve lost one of the greatest figures our cultural history, an icon who influenced marketing, movies, and nerd culture in innumerable ways and inspired countless others with his energy and passion for connecting with his fans.
The debate over Stan’s legacy will never end, but give him his due: he lasted nearly 70 years in an industry and whatever he did was Stan all the way.
With Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko and a few others, Lee changed the way superheroes would be perceived by the world, a movement that has led to today’s dominance of the superhero genre in all our media.
I got to meet Stan a couple of times. He couldn’t have been more Stan Lee if he tried. Smilin’ Stan was no act, it was just who he was to the core. And that person will never be seen again.
We’ll have more news and industry reaction as the day goes on.
Heidi MacDonald is the founder and editor in chief of The Beat. In the past, she worked for Disney, DC Comics, Fox and Publishers Weekly. She can be heard regularly on the More To Come Podcast. She likes coffee, cats and noble struggle.