Born in 1922, he got his first job in 1939 as a gofer making $8 a week at Marvel predecessor Timely Comics. While there, he wrote a two-page story, "The Traitor's Revenge!" that was used for filler in Timely’s Captain America No. 3 comic. From there, he worked his way up the ladder, until teaming up with another fellow colleague.
The prolific artist and businessman started Marvel with Jack Kirby in 1961, and created or co-created lack Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man, among countless other characters. Lee died early Monday morning at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, a family representative told The Hollywood Reporter.
His comic-book creations helped push the boundaries of censorship in comics, and took great strides in decimating stereotypical portrayals of women and people from a variety of ethnic and racial backgrounds.
Like Alfred Hitchcock, Lee made cameo appearances in all Marvel movies.
Lee is survived by his daughter J.C. and a younger brother named Larry Lieber, who worked as a writer and artist for Marvel. J.C. tells TMZ, "My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man."