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The comics titan worked for more than half a century to revolutionize and add nuance to the comics industry, and he built a vast community of fans along the way.
- Lee died shortly after being rushed to an L.A. hospital. He had been struggling with multiple illnesses over the past year, reports indicate.
- Since the 1950s, Lee has been one of the most influential figures in comics, helping to popularize heroes that expressed a level of nuance and self-doubt previously unseen in the industry.
- Lee, who's later years were marked by some financial and legal tumult, is survived by his daughter, Joan Celia "J.C." Lee.
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Stan Lee in 1975
Alan Light<p>Marvel's comics often contained social commentary on social issues like racism and prejudice, perhaps most notably through the X-Men, a group whose desire to improve the world was constantly stymied by a society who couldn't see them as anything besides dangerous mutants. Lee also sometimes commented directly on social issues in his monthly Stan's Soapbox columns. He wrote in a 1968 column:</p><p>"Racism and bigotry are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today. But, unlike a team of costumed supervillains, they can't be halted with a punch in the snoot or a zap from a ray gun. The only way to destroy them, is to expose them — to reveal from the insidious evil they really are."</p><p>Lee shared this column online in 2017 shortly after Heather Heyer was killed at a white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia.</p>
Lee's cameos<span style="display:block;position:relative;padding-top:56.25%;" class="rm-shortcode" data-rm-shortcode-id="7501f7c7cd18c1adb55d50d233243d5e"><iframe type="lazy-iframe" data-runner-src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/HnByuUqMeko?rel=0" width="100%" height="auto" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" style="position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%;"></iframe></span><p> Throughout his career, Lee established a strong community of fans and readers of the Marvel universe, and he'd regularly appear to speak at comics conventions. But he was perhaps most famous to fans for making cameo appearances in every single Marvel franchise–57 in total.</p>
Later years<p>Lee's later years were tumultuous at times. He said he regretted not negotiating for better terms in a 1998 business deal in which he signed over a percentage of Marvel films' profits in exchange for $10 million and a guaranteed salary. Also, reports from earlier this year outlined how some business associates of Lee and his family were picking them apart <a href="https://www.thedailybeast.com/picked-apart-by-vultures-the-last-days-of-stan-lee?ref=scroll" target="_blank">like "vultures"</a>, and that their estate was dwindling.</p><p>Lee was also <a href="https://pagesix.com/2018/01/09/marvel-creator-stan-lee-accused-of-sexual-harassment/" target="_blank">accused in 2018 of sexually harassing nurses</a> who cared for him in his L.A. home, which his lawyer categorically denied.</p><p>Lee, whose wife died in 2017, is survived by his daughter, Joan Celia "J.C." Lee, who told TMZ today:</p><p>"My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man."</p>
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