We have sad news to report from the wider world of comics. The co-creator of many classic Marvel superheroes and the face of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, has passed away aged 95. Major news outlets including The New York Times are reporting the news of Stan’s passing.
While Stan Lee personally had very little involvement in the development of Transformers, few can deny that the characters he co-created alongside fellow comic legends like Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko and the stories that he authored have shaped what a superhero can be. Before Stan Lee’s characters, superheroes were square-jawed black is black and white is white paragons – the characters he co-created were altogether more nuanced, with shades of grey and inner conflicts that made them exciting to read. Indeed, his work shaped the very nature of comic books for a generation, and turned Marvel into a major publication house – one that a certain toy company would turn to in 1983 to help develop the story for its new line of transforming robots.
Stan Lee’s passing is a moment of sadness for many who have felt endless hours of joy enjoying the characters that he helped bring to life. The characters of Marvel Comics – and indeed, the talent nurtured at Marvel – are his great legacy through which he will always live on.
Excelsior, true believers.