Tributes are being paid to American writer and former president of Marvel Comics Stan Lee, who has died at the age of ninety-five.
Lee created The Fantastic Four for Marvel Comics in 1961 and went on to create titles including Spider-Man and The Incredible Hulk. Actor Chris Evans, best known for playing Marvel’s Captain America, wrote “there will never be another Stan Lee”.
X-Men star Hugh Jackman said “we’ve lost a creative genius.” Robert Downey Jr, who played Iron Man, said he owes it all to Lee.
The legendary comic book author died at Cedars Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to a family lawyer. Lee’s wife, Joan, died in 2017, also aged 95. He is survived by his daughter, JC Lee.
Speaking to celebrity news website TMZ, JC Lee said her father was “the greatest, most decent man”. In recent years Lee had periodically suffered from illnesses, including a bout of pneumonia. He was known for making a cameo in almost every Marvel film.