Messages in honor of Stan Lee are pouring in on social media and other online sites.

Lee is the creator of famous comic book characters, including Spider-Man, the Hulk, Black Panther and others. He died Monday in Los Angeles, California. He was 95 years old.

Marvel Entertainment and its parent company, Walt Disney, posted a video about the late writer, editor and publisher on their websites.

Disney chairman and chief Bob Iger said Lee is “a super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world.” He compared Lee to his comic book characters with “the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect.”

Lee was born Stanley Martin Leiber in New York City. He began writing for comic books at 19. He wrote under the name Stan Lee.

He explained that he used a false name because he wanted to write a serious and great piece of literature someday. He did not want his link with comic books to be known when that happened.

But it never did happen. As the pride in his work grew, he decided to legally change his name to Stan Lee.

Lee’s characters often had super powers, but they also had weaknesses and moral failings. They got up and went to work every morning. They were humans, not gods. They lived in New York City and others parts of real America. They not only struggled to save the world, but also to pay their bills, make friends, and hold jobs.

This made Marvel comic book heroes stand apart from its competitor DC, the company that produced the seemingly perfect heroes like Superman and Wonder Woman.

In a piece for Marvel in 1969, Lee discussed the importance of creating these balanced characters. “…Nobody is all good, or all bad," he wrote.

Like Tony Stark, also known as Iron Man. He is a deeply gifted inventor with serious mental health issues; or, Peter Parker, a sensitive, brainy high-school student who has no idea how to deal with the frightening abilities he gets from the bite of a radioactive spider.

Even Steve Rogers, whose Captain America was the most Superman-like of the Marvel group, had problems. Rejected as a candidate for the armed forces, he volunteers to take a "supersoldier" substance to make him a super-fighting machine.

Actor Chris Evans has played that character in several Hollywood films. He posted a tribute to Captain America’s creator on Twitter Monday.

“There will never be another Stan Lee,” he wrote.


Exercise 1


Read the following vocabulary with your teacher.

comic (adj.) /ˈkɑːmɪk/ - causing laughter or amusement

  • comic monologue

character (n.) /ˈkerɪktɚ/ - a person who appears in a story, book, play, movie, or television show

  • The film's main characters are a woman in her late 30s and her elderly neighbor.

inspire (v.) /ɪnˈspajɚ/ - to cause someone to have (a feeling or emotion)

  • The news inspired hope that the war might end soon.

entertain (v.) /ˌɛntɚˈteɪn/ -  to perform, to provide amusement

  • Our father entertained us with stories.




Exercise 2


Answer these questions about the article.


  1. Who was Stan Lee?
  2. What did he create?
  3. How old was he?
  4. When did he start writing books?



Exercise 3

Make a sentence.

Make sentences using these words.

comic, character, inspire, entertain




Exercise 4


Have a discussion on following questions.

  1. Do you read comic books?
  2. Do you have a favourite one?
  3. Did you watch some of Marvel movies?
  4. What is your favourite super hero?




This lesson is based on a news article originally published by learningenglish.voanews.