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The Life Of Marvel Superhero Stan Lee In Photos

Always surrounded by the colorful characters he helped create, here are some highlights from the life of the comic writer and film producer, who died at 95.

Posted on November 12, 2018, at 4:19 p.m. ET

Comic book illustrator and creator Stan Lee in June 1996.
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Comic book illustrator and creator Stan Lee in June 1996.

Lee served in the US Army Signal Corps during World War II from 1942 to 1945.
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Lee served in the US Army Signal Corps during World War II from 1942 to 1945.

Mighty Marvel comic book publisher Lee (second from left) and his wife, Joan (far left), blow out the candles on the Marvel Comics birthday cake at opening day ceremonies of the first-ever Mighty Marvel Comic Book Convention on March 22, 1975, in New York.
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Mighty Marvel comic book publisher Lee (second from left) and his wife, Joan (far left), blow out the candles on the Marvel Comics birthday cake at opening day ceremonies of the first-ever Mighty Marvel Comic Book Convention on March 22, 1975, in New York.

Lee discusses a Spider-Man comic book cover with artist John Romita at the Marvel headquarters in New York on Jan. 10, 1976.
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Lee discusses a Spider-Man comic book cover with artist John Romita at the Marvel headquarters in New York on Jan. 10, 1976.

Lee and actor Nicholas Hammond, who played Peter Parker, on the set during the production of the television series The Amazing Spider-Man, July 6, 1978.
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Lee and actor Nicholas Hammond, who played Peter Parker, on the set during the production of the television series The Amazing Spider-Man, July 6, 1978.

Lee (center) poses with Lou Ferrigno (right) and Eric Kramer (left), who portray the Incredible Hulk and Thor, respectively, in the NBC special The Incredible Hulk Returns, May 9, 1988, in Los Angeles.
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Lee (center) poses with Lou Ferrigno (right) and Eric Kramer (left), who portray the Incredible Hulk and Thor, respectively, in the NBC special The Incredible Hulk Returns, May 9, 1988, in Los Angeles.

Lee in 1990.
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Lee in 1990.

Lee at the premiere of Spider-Man 2 in Los Angeles, June 22, 2004.
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Lee at the premiere of Spider-Man 2 in Los Angeles, June 22, 2004.

Lee in a scene in Fantastic Four, 2005. He was known to make cameo appearances in Marvel films.
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Lee in a scene in Fantastic Four, 2005. He was known to make cameo appearances in Marvel films.

Lee in a promo shot for the reality series Who Wants to Be a Superhero? in 2006.
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Lee in a promo shot for the reality series Who Wants to Be a Superhero? in 2006.


President George W. Bush congratulates Lee before presenting him with the 2008 National Medals of Arts award at the White House.
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President George W. Bush congratulates Lee before presenting him with the 2008 National Medals of Arts award at the White House.


Lee shows some love to Spider-Man in 2011. Lee and artist Steve Ditko created the character, who appeared in his first comic book in 1962.
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Lee shows some love to Spider-Man in 2011. Lee and artist Steve Ditko created the character, who appeared in his first comic book in 1962.

Lee during Comic-Con in San Diego, 2011.
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Lee during Comic-Con in San Diego, 2011.

Lee at the Thor premiere in Hollywood on May 2, 2011.
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Lee at the Thor premiere in Hollywood on May 2, 2011.

Lee at the Los Angeles premiere of The Avengers at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 11, 2012.
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Lee at the Los Angeles premiere of The Avengers at Grauman's Chinese Theatre on April 11, 2012.

Lee and actor Seth Green on the red carpet during the 2013 Geekie Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 18, 2013.
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Lee and actor Seth Green on the red carpet during the 2013 Geekie Awards in Los Angeles on Aug. 18, 2013.

Another cameo in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014.
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Another cameo in The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in 2014.

Lee at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo in 2014.
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Lee at the Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo in 2014.

Lee (voicing himself) on The Simpsons in the episode "Married to the Blob" on Jan. 12, 2014.
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Lee (voicing himself) on The Simpsons in the episode "Married to the Blob" on Jan. 12, 2014.

Lee with his custom Hasbro Marvel Legends figurine during a visit to the Hasbro headquarters in Rhode Island, on Nov. 10, 2016.
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Lee with his custom Hasbro Marvel Legends figurine during a visit to the Hasbro headquarters in Rhode Island, on Nov. 10, 2016.

Lee places his handprints in cement during a ceremony in the forecourt of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on July 18, 2017.
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Lee places his handprints in cement during a ceremony in the forecourt of the Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on July 18, 2017.

Lee greets fans at the Spider-Man: Homecoming premiere on June 28, 2017.
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Lee greets fans at the Spider-Man: Homecoming premiere on June 28, 2017.

Lee and actor Chadwick Boseman attend the world premiere of Black Panther in Los Angeles, on Jan. 30, 2018. Lee co-created Black Panther with artist Jack Kirby. The character first appeared in a comic book in 1966.
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Lee and actor Chadwick Boseman attend the world premiere of Black Panther in Los Angeles, on Jan. 30, 2018. Lee co-created Black Panther with artist Jack Kirby. The character first appeared in a comic book in 1966.

Lee in his Beverly Hills office in April 2011.
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Lee in his Beverly Hills office in April 2011.


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