Lee's time in the army ended in 1945.
"He said: "'I used to have a lot of expressions that I would end my comic book columns with: "Hang Loose", "Face Front", "'Nuff Said", and I found that the competition was always imitating them and using them. "I'm proud to have been a small part of his legacy and to have helped bring one of his characters to life". He co-created numerous company's most famous heroes and villains and managed to become the public face of Marvel for decades. "But I don't think you ever outgrow your love for those kind of things, things that are bigger than life and magical and very imaginative".
While Deadpool actor Ryan Reynolds simply wrote: "Thanks for everything, Stan". Lee remained on the Marvel Comics editorial board after leaving the company to become the chairman emeritus. "He's that synonymous with the company", says Scott Dercks, owner of House of Heroes Comics and Games in Oshkosh. While he didn't get to live that dream, we have a feeling he's pretty content with what the name Stan Lee has achieved.
Aside from his induction in the Will Eisner Hall of Fame in 1994 and Jack Kirby Hall of Fame in 1995, Lee also received his own star on the Walk of Fame in 2011 and was declared an official Disney Legend during the studio's D23 Expo in 2017. "The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart".
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We've lost a creative genius. Lee's custom of making a cameo appearance in the MCU films became a sillier, winkier version of Alfred Hitchcock's old habit.
Lee created the Marvel Universe that stretched across comic books, movies and TV, and revitalized the comic industry with superheroes who had complex emotional lives to go along with their action adventures. Following that success Lee and Marvel introduced such characters as Spider-Man, the Hulk, Iron Man, Thor, the X-Men and Daredevil.
His cameos have been a staple of nearly every major Marvel movie since the reinvention of the Hollywood franchise, which The New York Times notes had grossed more than $24 billion worldwide as of April this year.
The first big-budget movie based on Lee's characters, "X-Men", was a smash in 2000, earning more than $130 million at North American theaters.