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Stan Lee: A real life super-hero

By: Sebastian Puerto

As you may already know, the legendary Stan Lee passed away at age 95 on November 12, 2018. His death had a big impact on the comic and non-comic book world. To many, it felt like losing a beloved family member.  As for me, I couldn’t believe it; it’s one of those things that you see coming, but when it happens, it seems surreal.

Stan Lee is well-known for his impact on the comic book world, what started as family business in 1940, turned into the massive Marvel Comics empire that we know today. Lee became the face of the company and co-created multiple popular characters, such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Hulk, Daredevil, The Fantastic 4, The X-Men, and many more. In the 1990’s, he retired from Marvel, becoming a public figurehead for the company and doing multiple cameos in Marvel movies, games, shows, and even comics.

I think that without Stan Lee, comics wouldn’t have been the same. He impacted our lives in more ways than he would’ve expected.  He gave us an escape from reality, inspiration, confidence, strength, happiness, adventure, and many other attributes that many us lacked and wished we possessed at times.  Lee’s work transcends time and space; he showed us what being a hero is really all about – self-sacrifice and responsibility. As a great man once said, “They’re the greatest stories ever told. Heroes show us we don’t need to be perfect to do what’s right. It’s not about living without fear, but facing injustice. It’s not about being powerful, but finding your calling when you least expect it. They show us it’s okay to be vulnerable, no matter how tough you are. Because even though they’re heroes, they’re still human.” – Stan Lee, 2017

Rest in peace Stan Lee. You may be gone, but your legacy lives on forever. You will not be forgotten. As Stan Lee would say, “Excelsior!”

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