Marvel’s Stan Lee passes away and leaves behind a legacy
It was revealed today by TMZ that Marvel comics legend Stan Lee has passed away at the age of 95. All of us at Legion of Leia are devastated by the news because Stan left an overwhelming mark on each one of us.
— TMZ (@TMZ) November 12, 2018
Before Disney bought up Marvel and began launching us into the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Stan Lee laid the foundation and created and co-created the many superheroes that we have come to know and love. He helped to create characters alongside Jack Kirby and Steve Kinko. With his collaborators, he created characters such as Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, and countless more.
Lee wrote, directed, and edited the work that would come to grow Marvel into the epic business that it is today. He had no problem creating characters that were multi-dimensional and flawed, which was not something that DC Comics had been doing at the time of Marvel Comics’ creation. His characters inspired many to engage within the scape of the comic books industry. And for many people like myself, it helped us feel more secure about ourselves and our identity in a society that hasn’t been so accepting.
For myself, I relied heavily on the X-Men comics growing up to try to find characters that I could relate to while growing up as an autistic individual. To see these super powerful beings that were born with these gifts and ostracized for them made me come to terms with my disability (though many would not call it that), but also helped me learn more about how society functions and grapples with the concept of human difference.
Stan Lee’s presence and contribution to the world of entertainment will not be forgotten. His light and enthusiasm for his fans and for his creations will live on in many of us, especially those who had the chance to meet him in person.