How do you say goodbye to a legend?
Stan Lee, the father of the Marvel Universe and co-creator of some of the most iconic characters in media today, died on Monday at the age of 95.
Over his career, the Manhattan-born writer, editor, producer, and publisher created an unrivaled pantheon of modern mythology including the members of The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Black Panther, X-Men, Thor, Iron Man, Ant-Man, Daredevil, and many others.
His work inspired generations of fans, artists, and creators who came out to pay tribute and say goodbye to the legend.
— Marvel Entertainment (@Marvel) November 12, 2018
In 1939, Lee began working at Timely Publications, which would later be known as Marvel Comics. Alongside other legends of the comic book world like Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby, Lee revolutionized the superhero comic in 1961 beginning with The Fantastic Four.
Unlike traditional superheroes who were paragons of virtue, Lee was known for creating flawed characters who wrestled with day-to-day life as much as they fought supervillains. Despite being Spider-man, for example, Peter Parker still had all the problems of a regular teenager.
Lee’s relatable characters started drawing in older audiences, and comic books were never the same again.
During his almost 80-year career, Lee inspired countless other artists and creators.
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) November 12, 2018
His contribution to Pop Culture was revolutionary & cannot be overstated. He was everything you hoped he would be & MORE. I loved this man & will never stop missing him. They say you should never meet a childhood idol. They are wrong. #RIPStanTheMan pic.twitter.com/6OKH07ahJg
— Mark Hamill (@HamillHimself) November 12, 2018
He inspired millions with his myriad, “Marvelous” characters, from Spiderman to Black Panther, Thor to the X-Men. Legendary creator Stan Lee is dead at 95. But his stories will live on and continue to ignite the imaginations of generations to come. Rest with the stars, great sir.
— George Takei (@GeorgeTakei) November 12, 2018
At age 7, I drew this weird portrait of Stan Lee and asked my Mom to send it to him. Thankfully she didn't because 30+ years later, I got to give it to the great one in person. Thanks for all the fun Stan #Excelsior pic.twitter.com/IpfYBSjWyf
— Jimmy Kimmel (@jimmykimmel) November 12, 2018
Rest In Peace Stan Lee
— terry crews (@terrycrews) November 12, 2018
Rest in peace, Stan Lee. The many worlds of imagination & delight you created for humanity will last forever.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 12, 2018
What a man. What a life.
When I first broke into Hollywood, he welcomed me with open arms and some very sage advice I’ll forever take to heart.
A true icon who impacted generations around the world.
Rest in love, my friend. #imagination #stanlee ???? pic.twitter.com/dw3FXMgyHp
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) November 12, 2018
He lives forever through his work. What a giant.
With great power comes immortality. ???????????? pic.twitter.com/t395qw9H0L
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 12, 2018
The stars of the Marvel Universe took time to say thank you to the man who had changed their lives.
There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018
You were a man before your time… now it feels like you are gone before your time. RIP Stan the Man… thanks for the laughs and words of support. It’s a honor to live in your universe! #MarvelKnight pic.twitter.com/1TXdPqUB3x
— Anthony Mackie (@AnthonyMackie) November 12, 2018
Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhh
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018
Overwhelmed with love and gratitude for the late, great hero, Stan Lee. Rest In Paradise. Thank you for your imagination, creativity, tenacity, inspiration and love!!! https://t.co/4WqHCtDXE1
— Rosario Dawson (@rosariodawson) November 12, 2018
Sad, sad day. Rest In Power, Uncle Stan. You have made the world a better place through the power of modern mythology and your love of this messy business of being human… pic.twitter.com/x6yZ6ClNSX
— Mark Ruffalo (@MarkRuffalo) November 12, 2018
We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and …. to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee #Wolverine pic.twitter.com/iOdefi7iYz
— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) November 12, 2018
Today we lost one of the greats. @TheRealStanLee, you were a inspiration and superhero to us all. Thank you for contributing so much- and giving us all something to aspire to! ????
— Zoe Saldana (@zoesaldana) November 12, 2018
Fans also joined in to mourn and say goodbye.
Stan Lee forever ???????? pic.twitter.com/lJUV3evHBc
— DopeSpill Comics (@dopespillcomics) November 12, 2018
— Polish Canadian Patriot???????????????? (@darrenkudyba) November 12, 2018
R.I.P Stan Lee pic.twitter.com/45dP7SsRqG
— Taylored ????????????????????✌️ (@PrichardsFinest) November 12, 2018
But it wasn’t all sad as many decided to share their favorite moments from the undeniable king of cameos.
The worlds best cameo actor. World's greatest comic book creator. My heart is heavy. pic.twitter.com/0TnbzXP4xi
— Silently Screaming (@jjeanrooks) November 12, 2018
My favorite Stan lee Cameo of all time RIP???? pic.twitter.com/kRvcUcmcL7
— DBZ/S UniverZ (@DBZ_S_UniverZ) November 12, 2018
— johan Dechesne (@TunProd94) November 12, 2018
And though Stan is gone, his work and his memory will live on forever through all those he inspired.
Damn, it feels like we all just lost a great grandfather at the same time. Thank you for everything, Stan Lee. pic.twitter.com/aoim9MzRQw
— Billy Mays III (@infinitethird) November 12, 2018