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Stan Lee (born Stanley Martin Leiber), a comic book writer, editor, film executive producer, actor and publisher, and the force behind Marvel Comics has died at the age of 95. Lee was involved in the creation of Iron Man, Black Panther, X-Men, Spider Man, The Hulk, Doctor Strange, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Ant Man, Iron Man, and Thor. In short–all of the modern Superheroes who fill up the cinema screens today. Lee, arguably a superhero himself, also addressed issues of comic book censorship (which resulted in industry wide changes) and saw Marvel Comics grow from a comic book company to a vast multi-media empire. One of America’s most creative talents and executives, Lee collaborated with artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, as well as writer Larry Leiber to build a world of “superheroes” with human flaws who went on to dominate the movie screens of the world. Lee, who had a quick smile and an even faster mind, received a National Medal of Arts in 2008. His imagination will be missed.
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