Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee died Nov. 12, 2018 at age 95, TMZ reported. Stanley Martin Lieber’s comics career began when he was just 16 years old and serving as an office assistant at Timely Comics in New York City.
He became an interim editor in the 1940s, and in May 1941, he used his iconic pseudonym for the first time in an issue of Captain America.
Lee went on to help create iconic characters such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Incredible Hulk, Marvel’s Thor, The Fantastic Four, Black Panther, and others. Timely Comics became Marvel Comics, and Lee took over as publisher and editorial director in 1972.
In the 1980s, his role transitioned to that of a brand ambassador as Marvel Comics expanded into motion pictures.
Though Lee took Marvel Comics from a niche market to a major household name, he confessed to The Hollywood Reporter that the business side of things wasn’t his strength.
In 1998, he exchanged his percentage of Marvel films’ gross profits in exchange for a flat $10 million and $1 million per year for the rest of his life.
That doesn’t sound like a bad deal, until you consider that Avengers: Infinity War grossed $2 billion worldwide.