Local comic book enthusiasts mourn Stan Lee's death

November 13, 2018 - 6:16 am

People all over the world are marking the death of the man many call a comic book genius, Stan Lee, who was 95.

Lee is credited with being the architect of the contemporary comic book, with characters that had as many flaws as they had super powers. Under Lee's leadership, Marvel Comics introduced increasingly sophisticated plots, satire, humor and even philosophical subjects.

Among the dozens of characters Lee created were Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and Iron Man.

Lee was simply a legend, said William Binderup of Elite Comic Books in Overland Park.

"He is a person but he is also a character," Binderup said. "There is a character of Stan Lee -- the excelsior guys -- that's got a life of its own outside of Stan Lee."

Lee told ABC News in a 2012 interview that, of all his creations, he was probably most proud of Spider-Man. Lee said his publisher hated the character when he first proposed it, but it sold like crazy.

"My publisher came running into to me a month later when we got the sales figures, and he said, 'Stan, you remember that character of yours we both loved so much? Let's do a series of it,'" Lee remembered. "That moment, I think, was the crowning moment for me."

Thanks for everything Stan Lee! What a life, so well lived. I consider myself extraordinarily lucky to have gotten to meet you and to have played in the world you created.
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— chris pratt (@prattprattpratt) November 12, 2018


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