But ultimately, Lee's true legacy at Marvel Comics isn't any one character or franchise, but the deep inspiration he provided for generations of creators that followed. Paper copies of 10 cent comics soon became millions of dollars in box office revenue.
"For him to kind of see that come full circle was awesome and something I'll cherish with me for the rest of my life", Jordan said.
And while more recent years saw Stan Lee step back from his work with Marvel following retirement, he remained a regular presence in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He ended up writing comics himself in short order, and helped create characters that would make Marvel a major rival to DC Comics (of Superman and Batman fame) in the 1960s.
Per the report, Lee was rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles early Monday morning, where he eventually died. Everything from Peter Parker's background as a nerdy outcast to the rich cast of allies and enemies combined to create the flawless storm of comic book storytelling.
Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's motion pictures group, the studio behind "Spider-Man: Homecoming", said, "Original and genius are two very overused words in the world today, but Stan was both".
Numerous current stars of Marvel superhero movies offered their respects to Lee, who hepled create some of the most famous superheroes of all time.
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Rudy has worked on many of Lee's characters including Spider Man, the X-Men and The Silver Surfer.
The result was the first issue of "The Fantastic Four", in 1960, with the characters, plot and text from Lee and the illustrations by famed Marvel artist Jack Kirby.
Films under the Marvel banner from Disney, 20th Century Fox, Sony and other studios have made roughly $30 billion globally, according to Comscore. That outlet noted Lee had suffered several illnesses over the a year ago or so, including dealing with pneumonia.
"His greatest legacy will be not only the co-creation of his characters but the way he helped to build the culture that comics have become, which is a pretty significant one", said Robert Thompson, a pop culture expert at Syracuse University.
"He felt an obligation to his fans to keep creating", his daughter J.C. Lee said in a statement to Reuters.