Earlier today it was sadly learned that Stan Lee, the co-creator of Marvel Comics, the Avengers, Spider-Man and lots more characters, passed away at the age of 95.
Disney and Marvel released official statements and images remembering the legendary creator:
"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," said Bob Iger, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company.
"Stan Lee's contributions to Marvel, a company he helped forge into a household name, will forever live on and we will continue to celebrate the imaginative characters he helped create and the fantastic universe he helped build. My thoughts and prayers go out to his daughter and brother at this time," said Ike Perlmutter, Chairman of Marvel Entertainment.
"Stan Lee's passion, charisma, and his love for the characters and stories he created shaped Marvel into what it is today. His relentless drive and dedication to tell imaginative stories changed the lives of countless fans for over 75 years, and his spirit lives on in the people he's inspired. His legacy will never be forgotten. My thoughts go out to his family at this difficult time," said Dan Buckley, President, Marvel Entertainment.
"To so many of us he was a father figure, a mentor, a best friend. Stan let us into the pages of his comics and into his world. He told us all about himself, warts and all. He made us laugh when things were bleakest, he let us in and made us feel like we were a part his family so that when he creatively took a chance and leaped off the precipice of that building, we were always right there with him. He wasn’t just a guy in the suit, he was Stan 'The Man' Lee! Goodbye my friend and of course…EXCELSIOR!" said Joe Quesada, Chief Creative Officer, Marvel Entertainment.
"No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and the millions of fans who have been forever touched by Stan’s genius, charisma and heart. Excelsior!" said Kevin Feige, President, Marvel Studios.
"There aren't enough hyperboles left in the Marvel Universe to cover the tremendous titan who was Stan Lee. His wondrous wit, his crafty creativeness, and his spectacular showmanship were all hallmarks of his genius. In the words of Benjamin J. Grimm, ‘I gotta go now, I think I got somethin' in my eye,’" said Jeph Loeb, Executive VP, Head of Television, Marvel Entertainment.
"There are so many of us who would not be the men and women we've become, and be where we are today, without the influence Stan Lee had on our lives; not only through the heroes he created and the lessons we learned from them, but from the example 'The Man' himself set in life. The more I got to know Stan, the more I saw how he put a little piece of himself in each and every character he created, and by doing so, he allowed readers to see their own reflection and imagine the possibility that they, too, could transcend their problems and become something amazing, uncanny, and fantastic," said C.B. Cebulski, Editor in Chief, Marvel Entertainment.