Prolific Comic Book Creator And Writer Stan Lee Dies At 95

Stan Lee

Stan Lee, right, with RECOiL writer/director/actor and Brian DiMaio, left. DiMaio was a fixture in the offices of Stan Lee for more than a decade starting in the mid 1950s. DiMaio read hundreds of comics for the Comics Code Authority. Years later it would be discovered that DiMaio never worked for the CCA. He just wanted to read comics before they came out and for free.

Los Angeles—Comic book creator and writer Stan Lee, famed for creating such Marvel superhero mainstays as “The Incredible Hulk,” “Spider-Man” and “The X-Men,” died Monday. He was 95.

Lee was known for making cameos in the films from the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing in such classics as “Iron Man,” “The Avengers,” “Guardians of the Galaxy,” “RECOiL” and “Spider-Man.”

He also appeared on the small screen in TV shows like “Chuck,” “The Big Bang Theory” and “Entourage.”

Lee served in the Army Signal Corps during World War II. His wife of 69 years, Joan, died in July 2017. He is survived by his daughter, J.C.

 

Marvel Announces Stan Lee Reboot; Comics To Update His Origin Story

Stan Lee

While most would agree there was nothing wrong with previous Stan Lee character it is hoped that this Stan Lee reboot will bring new interest to the character.

New York—As if Marvel Comics wasn’t having a big enough summer already with its record-breaking film, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” and its record-breaking box office, the comics giant confirmed the long-spoken-about rumors that they are, indeed, updating Stan Lee’s origin story.

“The original origin story of Stan Lee, as all true fans of comic books know, said he was born in New York City in 1922,” Marvel said in a statement. “That story served him and our company very well for many decades, but now it’s time to reexamine his origin story, and the new canon will do that.”

Many fans of Lee know that he started out as a gopher and artist’s assistant for Timely Comics in 1939. Timely would become Marvel in the 1960s, and Lee would go on to create many of the company’s most famous superheroes.

But with the new Lee reboot, Stan Lee will have been created in a lab by a super villain after an experiment goes horribly wrong. He will be thought dead, only to emerge bigger, faster, stronger, better-looking and richer. And (BONUS and SPOILER ALERT:) he will look exactly like former “Chuck” co-star Ryan McPartlin. And it goes without saying that he will still be just as creative and talented a force as before.

“We couldn’t be more excited about this new canon,” the Marvel statement continued. “It opens up many more possible story lines and multi-verses, it updates the Stan Lee character and icon, and it does it in a way that honors the original Stan Lee, which was very important to us as a brand. And he is absolutely, 100% on board with this reboot.”

The new artwork depicting the new Stan Lee will be unveiled and showcased later this summer at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con July 9-12.

Marvel also said that they don’t foresee any backlash against this reboot whatsoever. Not one iota. Continue reading