Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee — famous for giving the world superheroes including Spider-Man, Iron Man and the Incredible Hulk — died Monday. He was 95.
Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber to Romanian-born Jewish immigrants in New York City, spending much of his early life growing up in Washington Heights. He graduated from DeWitt Clinton High School in the Bronx at 16, and after working odd jobs, was hired as an office assistant at Timely Comics — where his cousin’s husband worked — eventually moving up to an interim editor position by the early 1940s. He first used the pseudonym Stan Lee, which he would later adopt as his legal name, in the May 1941 issue of “Captain America.”
According to TMZ, Lee suffered a number of illnesses over the last year, including pneumonia. His daughter J.C. told the site, “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”
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