LOS ANGELES - Stan Lee, a legend in the comic book world who created many of the popular Marvel characters, has died, the Hollywood Reporter reported Monday. He was 95.
Lee was rushed from his Hollywood Hills home to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center early Monday where he later died, TMZ reported. The Hollywood Reporter also reported Lee, who suffered several illnesses over the past year, died on Monday.
Lee was born Stanley Martin Lieber on Dec. 28, 1922, in New York City. Lee graduated from high school at the age of 16. A year later, thanks to family connections, Lee got a job at Timely Comics as an assistant, KTLA reported.
Lee was with the company for near six decades as Timely Comics became Atlas Comics and then Marvel Comics.
Lee conceived or co-created “The Incredible Hulk,” “The Amazing Spider-Man,” “The X-Men,” “Daredevil,” “The Fantastic Four,” “Doctor Strange” and others.
He was well known for his many cameos in Marvel films.
A spokeswoman for Marvel said a statement will be issued shortly.
Disney chairman and CEO Bob Iger tweeted a tribute to Lee:
"(Stan Lee) was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart."
DC Comics also tweeted a tribute on Monday:
"He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark. His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan."
He used the name Stan Lee as a pseudonym, but it later became his legal name.
Lee said he initially used a pseudonym “because I felt someday I’d be writing the Great American Novel and I didn’t want to use my real name on these silly little comics.”
In 2008, President George W. Bush presented Lee with the American National Medal of the Arts.