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Stan Lee, the pioneering force and figurehead of the contemporary Marvel brand, has passed away aged 95. The cause of death is unknown at this time.

The undisputed king of the comic book world has been credited for the ushering in of the “silver age” of Marvel, introducing a plethora of new faces such as The Fantastic Four, Thor, and Iron Man. What separated these characters from their older, two dimensional counterparts, however, is the way they were written as real, believable people with their own problems outside of superhero life. This style of character writing set a new precedent among both the DC and Marvel brands, marking a new era in comic book writing.

The Silver Age of comic books was far from Lee’s achievement alone, who also credits figures such as Jack Kirby, Frank Miller, and Steve Ditko for the roles they played with their own work.

In August, 1962, in issue #15 of the “Amazing Fantasies” series, America’s favorite web slinging crime fighter swung into the comic world. Peter Parker, a timid high schooler frequently seen grappling with issues at home, work, and school. With him came his arachnid-themed, ne’er-do-well battling alter ego: Spiderman was born.

It can be assumed that Lee never realized at the time what sort of impact on youth and pop-culture that his characters would create when he drafted them up. In modern years, creations of Lee’s have become more than just symbols of the comic industry, but faces associated with America as a creative force.

Now the comic book industry lies in stunned silence, waiting to see where the road will now lead them without the guidance of the King of Comics.

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