Stan Lee Breaks His Silence: Those I Trusted Betrayed Me


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Lee’s legacy has long been solidified. In his time as the president and chairman of Marvel Comics in the early to mid-1960s, he co-created superheroes including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Iron Man, the X-Men and the Avengers, characters which now dominate pop culture and headline multi-billion-dollar film franchises. The Marvel Cinematic Universe alone has grossed nearly $18 billion globally while turning Lee’s creations—and Lee himself—into household names. The comics’ legend, who pocketed $10 million in Marvel’s $4 billion sale to Disney in 2010 and cameos in almost every Marvel blockbuster, is estimated to be worth between $50 million and $70 million. He is an icon, as revered among comic-book geeks as the fictional crusaders he helped invent. He was also a regular, reliably charismatic fixture of the convention circuit until the aforementioned bout of pneumonia that sidelined him earlier this year.

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Mark Ebner — The Daily Beast

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Months After His Own Near-Death, Brian Bendis Knows What Hurts Superman


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Readers who pick up Superman get “a very large, cosmic story” that, in these initial issues, will see Earth establish itself in the fallout of the reveal of what actually happened to Krypton. “It will be revealed it was a cover-up, and the cover-up is always worse than the crime,” he says.

Action Comics, by contrast, is a crime saga set deep in Metropolis that follows a mafia that has operated under Superman’s nose for years. “It’s about Clark trying to tell the truth in a world that doesn’t agree with what the truth is.”

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Eric Francisco — Inverse

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