Then within the world of comics, Marvel's longtime rival DC Comics led the series of eulogies for Lee.
His wife of 69 years, Joan, died in 2017.
While giving us such wonderful characters and worlds, Lee was also a big believer in giving back. Originally working as what was essentially an intern, Lee's first comic gig was as text filler on Captain America #3, which came out in 1941, for the segment "Captain America Foils the Traitor's Revenge".
Over the course of his career, especially in the most recent era of successful screen adaptations of his creations, Lee became the face of Marvel and perhaps the most iconic persona in all of comics, with his silver hair and bushy white mustache, signature tinted shades, a broad grin and near omnipresent thumbs-up. TMZ said Lee's daughter confirmed that Lee died at the hospital. Both characters were featured in animated TV series as well. He sued the company in 2002 for royalties he said he was owed for the first "Spider-Man" movie. Lee was recognizable to his fans - he had cameos in Marvel films and TV projects - his hair gray and his glasses slightly tinted.
Timely Comics became Atlas Comics, which finally became Marvel Comics in the early '60s.
Within a few months, the editor and art director quit, leaving the 17-year-old Lee with creative control over the company, which grew and was renamed Atlas Comics and, finally, Marvel.
Iron Man himself, actor Robert Downey Jr., posted an old photo of himself and Lee on a movie set on Instagram.
His contributions to the comic industry can not be overstated. He is survived by his brother Larry Lieber and his daughter J.C. Lawsuits, court fights and an elder abuse investigation all emerged in the fight over who spoke for the elderly Lee.