‘Marvel' Mastermind Stan Lee's Life in Photos

Comic legend Stan Lee, the creator of some of the most iconic American superheros and villains, revolutionized whole industries doing what he loved best - telling a story. Lee, who died on Nov. 12, 2018, at the age of 95, was a leading presence within Marvel for decades. See his life in photos.

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Mighty Marvel comic book publisher, Stan Lee, center left, blows out the candles on the Marvel Comics birthday cake at opening day ceremonies of the First Mighty Marvel Comic Book Convention, March 22, 1975, New York. At left is Lee’s wife Joan and on the far right, Spider-Man. Another Marvel Superhero, Captain America looks on from the rear. (AP Photo)
Mighty Marvel comic book publisher, Stan Lee, center left, blows out the candles on the Marvel Comics birthday cake at opening day ceremonies of the First Mighty Marvel Comic Book Convention, March 22, 1975, New York. At left is Lee’s wife Joan and on the far right, Spider-Man. Another Marvel Superhero, Captain America looks on from the rear.
Publisher and editor of Marvel Comics, Stan Lee, left, and Marvel art director John Romita deliberate over drawings on March 5, 1975. Marvel publishes about 85 different comic books monthly, with most of them featuring superheros that would evolve to become American classics.
Stan Lee, standing, publisher of Marvel Comics, discusses a “Spiderman” comic book cover with artist John Romita at Marvel headquarters in New York on Jan. 10, 1976. More than 200 million comic books are sold in the United States each year, with Marvel Comics the world's largest seller of them.
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Stan Lee poses for a photo in front of various Marvel editions on June 15, 1978, in New York, New York.
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Stan Lee, center, poses with Lou Ferrigno, right, and Eric Kramer, who portray “The Incredible Hulk” and Thor, respectively, in NBC's “The Incredible Hulk Returns,” May 9, 1988, Los Angeles, California.
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Comic book mogul Stan Lee, Rob Liefeld and Todd McFarlane attend "Comic Book Greats" on Sept. 20, 1991 at Excelsior Productions in Van Nuys, California.
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Spiderman looks on at Christie's East auction house in New York, Nov. 18, 1995, as his creator, Stan Lee, autographs a photo for 12-year-old Peter Mannarino, left, and his father Joe, of Ridgewood, New Jersey.
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Creator Stan Lee poses by a birthday cake during the Spider-Man 40th Birthday celebration at Universal Studios on Aug. 13, 2002, in Universal City, California.
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Kirsten Dunst and comic book legend Stan Lee arrive for the premiere of "Spider-Man" at the Mann Village in Westwood, California, April 29, 2002.
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The Incredible Hulk comic book creator Stan Lee, left, and Incredible Hulk television series star Lou Ferrigno pose together at the premiere of "The Hulk," Tuesday night, June 17, 2003, in Universal City, California.
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Stan Lee & Rebecca Romijn-Stamos pose together during the "X2: X-Men United" Los Angeles premiere at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Hollywood, California.
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Marvel Comics chairman Stan Lee, left, and director Bryan Singer arrive at the premiere of "X2: X-Men United," Monday, April 28, 2003, Hollywood, California.
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Comic book creator Stan Lee stands beside some of his drawings in the Marvel Super Heroes Science Exhibition at the California Science Center in Los Angeles. The Walt Disney Co. on Monday, Aug. 31, 2009, said it is buying Marvel Entertainment Inc. for $4 billion in cash and stock, bringing such characters as Iron Man and Spider-Man into the family of Mickey Mouse and WALL-E.
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From left: Jeph Loeb, Stan Lee, Tim Kring, Doug Jones, Jean Christophe Jeauffre and Fredric Dieudonne attend the Jules Verne Adventure Film Festival Closing Day Lifetime Achievement Award to Stan Lee and Heroes at the Theatre Broadwon on Dec 15, 2007, in Los Angeles, California.
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Writer Stan Lee accepts the Comic-Con Icon award onstage during Spike TV's Scream 2009 held at the Greek Theatre on Oct. 17, 2009, in Los Angeles, California.
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Stan Lee, the creator of Spiderman, participates in the "Bedtime Stories Reading Relay" on April 6, 2009, in Hollywood, California. The event celebrated the Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment DVD release of the film "Bedtime Stories" and benefitted First Book Charity during National Reading Month.
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Writer Stan Lee drives at the premiere of Paramount Pictures' and Marvel's "Thor" held at the El Capitan Theatre on May 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California.
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Comic book legend Stan Lee gives a Spiderman pose at a ceremony honoring him with the 2,428th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Jan. 4, 2011, in Hollywood, California.
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Writer and producer Stan Lee arrives at the premiere of Marvel Studios' "The Avengers" at the El Capitan Theatre on April 11, 2012, in Hollywood, California.
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Stan Lee arrives at the premiere of Walt Disney Pictures' "Iron Man 3" at the El Capitan Theatre on April 24, 2013, in Hollywood, California.
Stan Lee attends the Samsung Galaxy Experience on July 19, 2013 in San Diego, California.
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Stan Lee welcomes Marvel's Avengers S.T.A.T.I.O.N. exhibition at Discovery Times Square on May 30, 2014, in New York City.
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Actor Paul Rudd, left, and executive director Stan Lee attend the world premiere of "Ant-Man" at The Dolby Theatre on June 29, 2015, in Los Angeles, California.
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Josh Reddick (11) of the Los Angeles Dodgers poses with comic book writer Stan Lee before the game against the Colorado Rockies at Dodger Stadium on Sept. 22, 2016, in Los Angeles, California.
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Marvel fan families and kids attend a special screening of Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange" hosted by Stan Lee at the El Capitan Theatre on Oct. 23, 2016 in Hollywood, California.
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Stan Lee attends the Premiere of Disney and Marvel Studios' "Doctor Strange" on Oct. 20, 2016, in Hollywood, California.
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Stan Lee speaks onstage at the Los Angeles Comic-Con Oct. 28, 2017, in Los Angeles, California.
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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 29: Executive producer Stan Lee, left, and "Black Panther" actor Chadwick Boseman pose together at the Los Angeles World Premiere of Marvel Studios' "Black Panther" at Dolby Theatre on Jan. 29, 2018, in Hollywood, California.
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President of Marvel Studios and Producer Kevin Feige, left, producer-writer Stan Lee and Keya Morgan attend the Los Angeles Global Premiere for Marvel Studios' "Avengers: Infinity War" on April 23, 2018, in Hollywood, California.
Stan Lee attends the premiere of Disney and Marvel's 'Avengers: Infinity War' on "April 23, 2018" in Hollywood, California.
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