Stan Lee, the man who created the X-Men, the Avengers and Black Panther has died.
Variety magazine is reporting that the 95-year-old was taken to Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles on Monday after suffering a medical emergency and was declared dead shortly afterwards.
A prolific writer, Lee transformed Marvel Comics in the 1960s into a cultural phenomenon, creating stories that were socially relevant.
A creative dynamo, Lee revolutionised 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.
Lee was declared dead at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee’s daughter, J.C. Lee.
As the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, Lee was widely considered the architect of the contemporary comic book. He revived the industry in the 1960s by offering the costumes and action craved by younger readers while insisting on sophisticated plots, college-level dialogue, satire, science fiction, even philosophy.
Stan Lee was the biggest force in comics. He was a super writer, and then took Marvel into stardom with the Marvel Comics Universe.