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Fans pay tribute to Stan Lee, the creator of Marvel superheroes

Updated : 2018-11-13 13:33:23

Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95.

As the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, Lee was widely considered the architect of the contemporary comic book. Millions responded to the unlikely mix of realistic fantasy, and many of his characters, including Spider-Man, the Hulk and X-Men went on to become stars of blockbuster films. He won the National Medal of Arts in 2008.

Recent projects Lee helped make possible range from the films "Avengers: Infinity War," ''Black Panther" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" to such TV series as "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" and "Daredevil." Lee was recognizable to his fans, having had cameos in many Marvel films and TV projects, often delivering his trademark motto, "Excelsior!"

Lee considered the comic-book medium an art form and he was prolific: By some accounts, he came up with a new comic book every day for 10 years. "I wrote so many I don't even know. I wrote either hundreds or thousands of them," he told The Associated Press in 2006.

"I think of them as fairy tales for grown-ups," he told The AP in 2006. "We all grew up with giants and ogres and witches. Well, you get a little bit older and you're too old to read fairy tales. But I don't think you ever outgrow your love for those kind of things, things that are bigger than life and magical and very imaginative."

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A wreath and other memorabilia adorn the star of Stan Lee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
A wreath and other memorabilia adorn the star of Stan Lee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
A wreath and other memorabilia adorn the star of Stan Lee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
A wreath and other memorabilia adorn the star of Stan Lee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
A fan has left a message on a poster among other memorabilia that adorns the star of Stan Lee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
A fan has left a message on a poster among other memorabilia that adorns the star of Stan Lee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Fans add flowers to other memorabilia adorning the star of Stan Lee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Fans add flowers to other memorabilia adorning the star of Stan Lee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Holly Lindblom and her son Dylan Pazos, 16, who drove in from their San Dimas, California, home, add candles to a wreath and other memorabilia adorning the star of Stan Lee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Holly Lindblom and her son Dylan Pazos, 16, who drove in from their San Dimas, California, home, add candles to a wreath and other memorabilia adorning the star of Stan Lee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, Monday, Nov. 12, 2018. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Spiderman creator and
Spiderman creator and "Spider-Man 2" executive producer Stan Lee poses for photographers at the premiere of "Spider-Man 2" in Los Angeles. Comic book genius Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. June 22, 2004 (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
President George W. Bush presents the 2008 National Medals of Arts to comic book creator Stan Lee, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. November 17, 2008 (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
President George W. Bush presents the 2008 National Medals of Arts to comic book creator Stan Lee, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. November 17, 2008 (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert, File)
Stan Lee arrives at the premiere of
Stan Lee arrives at the premiere of "The Avengers" in Los Angeles. April 11, 2012 (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
Comic book writer Stan Lee waves to the audience after being introduced onstage at the
Comic book writer Stan Lee waves to the audience after being introduced onstage at the "Extraordinary: Stan Lee" tribute event at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California. The creative dynamo who revolutionized the comics by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk, was declared dead Monday, November 12, 2018. August 22, 2017 (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)
Comics impresario Stan Lee, center, poses with Lou Ferrigno, right, and Eric Kramer who portray 'The Incredible Hulk' and Thor, respectively, in a special movie for NBC, 'The Incredible Hulk Returns,' May 9, 1988, Los Angeles, California.  May 9, 1988 (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
Comics impresario Stan Lee, center, poses with Lou Ferrigno, right, and Eric Kramer who portray 'The Incredible Hulk' and Thor, respectively, in a special movie for NBC, 'The Incredible Hulk Returns,' May 9, 1988, Los Angeles, California.  May 9, 1988 (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)
Stan Lee, standing, publisher of Marvel Comics, discusses a
Stan Lee, standing, publisher of Marvel Comics, discusses a "Spiderman" comic book cover with artist John Romita at Marvel headquarters in New York. January 10, 1976 (AP Photo/File)
Stan Lee poses for a portrait at the LMT Music Lodge during Comic Con in San Diego. July 21, 2011 (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
Stan Lee poses for a portrait at the LMT Music Lodge during Comic Con in San Diego. July 21, 2011 (AP Photo/Matt Sayles, File)
A wreath and other memorabilia adorn the star of Stan Lee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Monday, November 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
A wreath and other memorabilia adorn the star of Stan Lee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, Monday, November 12, 2018, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Reed Saxon)
Stan Lee, 79, creator of comic-book franchises such as
Stan Lee, 79, creator of comic-book franchises such as "Spider-Man," "The Incredible Hulk" and "X-Men," smiles during a photo session in his office in Santa Monica, California. April 16, 2002 (AP Photo/Reed Saxon, File)
Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee shows his hands after placing them in cement during a ceremony in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese theatre in Los Angeles, California, US, July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee shows his hands after placing them in cement during a ceremony in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese theatre in Los Angeles, California, US, July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Stan Lee arrives at the Activision E3 Preview Event in Los Angeles, California, US, June 14, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Redmond/File Photo
Stan Lee arrives at the Activision E3 Preview Event in Los Angeles, California, US, June 14, 2010. REUTERS/Jason Redmond/File Photo
Marvel Comic Books founder Stan Lee poses with one of his characters
Marvel Comic Books founder Stan Lee poses with one of his characters "Spider-Man" and actor Lou Ferrigno who portrayed "The Incredible Hulk" on television, during the grand opening of the Marvel Mania restaurant at Universal CityWalk in Los Angeles, California, US, February 18. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo
Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee attends a tribute event
Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee attends a tribute event "Extraordinary: Stan Lee" at the Saban Theatre in Beverly Hills, California, US, August 22, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo
People gather around the star of late Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, US, November 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
People gather around the star of late Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, US, November 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Stan Lee gestures as he poses at the premiere of
Stan Lee gestures as he poses at the premiere of "Iron Man 3" at El Capitan theatre in Hollywood, California, US, April 24, 2013. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni/File Photo
Flowers and mementos are pictured on the star of late Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, US, November 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Flowers and mementos are pictured on the star of late Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles, California, US, November 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
The handprints, footprints and signature of late Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee are pictured in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese theatre in Los Angeles, California, US, November 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
The handprints, footprints and signature of late Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee are pictured in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese theatre in Los Angeles, California, US, November 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
Stan Lee, former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, and wife Joan gesture as they arrive at the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 21, 2012. Lee received the Guild's Vanguard Award at the event. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo
Stan Lee, former president and chairman of Marvel Comics, and wife Joan gesture as they arrive at the 23rd annual Producers Guild Awards in Beverly Hills, California, January 21, 2012. Lee received the Guild's Vanguard Award at the event. REUTERS/Fred Prouser/File Photo
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