Excelsior!

Legend dies at 95

The great Stan Lee.

The great Stan Lee.

Dominick Cooper, Staff Writer

Born on December 28, 1922, Stanley Martin Lieber, also known as Stan Lee, was one of the most influential people around. He was one of the creators of some of today’s most popular superheroes. However, he wasn’t always a big shot.
In 1939 he became an assistant at Timely Comics, which would later become Marvel Comics. It was not until 1941 when he made his comic book debut under the name Stan Lee, which he would adopt as his legal name years later. Late in 1941, he was made an interim editor, and that led to him becoming editor-in-chief. In 1972 he became the publisher for the company.
Back in 1942, Lee joined the United States Army Signal Corps. He repaired telegraph poles and other communications equipment. He was later transferred to the Training Film Division. There he wrote manuals, slogans, and training films. “Playwright” was his military classification, and only nine men in the U.S. Army were given that title. He returned from service in 1945.
The first superheroes Lee created with his friend Jack Kirby were the Fantastic Four. This led to Lee creating a plethora of new characters, none more beloved than Spider-Man. He then joined several of the characters he made, as well as older characters, into a crime-fighting group known as the Avengers.
In the 1960s, Stan Lee edited and scripted most of Marvel’s comic series. He also wrote a monthly newsletter called “Stan’s Soapbox,” and would usually sign off with his catchphrase, “Excelsior!”
His success continued throughout his life. He would later become an executive producer for most Marvel films. He would also make cameos in most of Marvel Studios’ movies, usually spouting off funny one-liners.

On November 12, 2018, Stan Lee died at 95 in the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, California. He had been rushed there earlier in the day. In February of 2018, the public was informed that he had been battling a serious case of pneumonia. He is succeeded by his two children.
“Stan Lee was a part of my childhood,” said sophomore Haileigh Bricker. “Him being gone will definitely have a big impact on the Marvel Industries.”
“I’m crushed,” said sophomore Justus Mendoza. “I absolutely adored Stan Lee.”
Stan Lee was a big part of all our lives. He will be remembered with the utmost love and respect. He will forever be remembered in all our hearts.