Stan Lee (1922-2018) was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer. He is best known for co-creating many of Marvel Comics' most iconic characters, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, and Daredevil, among others.
Lee began working in the comic book industry in 1939 and served as an editor at Timely Comics, which later became Marvel Comics, in the 1940s. In the 1960s, Lee helped revolutionize the comic book industry by creating a new wave of superheroes who were more complex and relatable than their predecessors. He co-created many of these characters with artist Steve Ditko and others, and wrote many of their early adventures himself.
In addition to his work as a comic book writer and editor, Lee also served as Marvel's publisher and later became a producer and cameo actor in Marvel's movies and TV shows. He was known for his larger-than-life personality and his passion for comic books and storytelling, and was widely regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of the comic book industry.