TUE NOV 13, 2018 | | POSTED IN: R.I.P. | SOURCE
Born Stanley Martin Lieber, Lee is responsible for most of the major Marvel Comics characters known the world over today, including Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Avengers, and more. His comic career began in 1939 when the then-16-year-old was hired by his uncle, publisher Martin Goodman, as an assistant for what was at the time called Timely Comics. His first brush with superhero writing was for a story called “Captain America Foils the Traitor’s Revenge” in May 1941’s Captain America Comics #3, in which the character’s trademark shield-throwing abilities were introduced.
Lee had suffered a number of health issues in the later years of his life. In 2012, he underwent surgery to insert a pacemaker. Last year, he battled pneumonia. There were also troubling allegations of elder abuse directed at his daughter, Joan Celia “J.C.” Lee, as well as his hired caretaker over the last year.