On November 12, Stan Lee, creator of legendary Marvel comic book superheroes, died at age 95.

“It was tragic when I first heard the news I couldn’t believe it, I just went home and took a look through my comics remembering him and all he did for kids around America,” said senior Ben Baker.

Lee was the mind behind Marvel Comics characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk and the X-Men. These characters have been beloved by millions of readers for decades. They then went on to become a multibillion-dollar movie empire that dominated box offices in the twenty-first century.  

In the early 60s, Timely Comics was renamed Marvel Comics and in an attempt to compete with DC Comics’ hit title “Justice League of America.” Lee, along with artist Jack Kirby, created the Fantastic Four.

What followed were comic books like Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, and the X-Men.

By 1972, Lee rose to the top of Marvel Comics, being named the company’s editorial director and publisher. Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A superhero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to not only entertain but inspire. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.

“Stan Lee was a big name for me in my childhood because I was a huge fan of superheroes my favorite would probably be Spiderman, however, I like all of them,” said Baker.

“For me, Stan Lee meant a lot. I was devastated when I heard about his passing, I will always remember him when I’m enjoying one of his comics or characters in a movie,” said freshman Nick Dalessandro.

The legacy of Stan Lee, through his creative genius and his universes of characters, will continue to reach the world of true believers for generations to come.

“I thought he was a really good guy he created a lot of good movies it’s very sad that he passed,” said Dalessandro.