With the announcement of Stan Lee’s passing in Los Angeles, November 12 marked a sad day for comic book fans worldwide. Lee had a key role in developing the Marvel Comics empire with characters like Spider-Man, Black Panther, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, and many others. The Marvel editor, writer, and publisher was beloved for his creations—but also for creating characters that were notably different and often flawed. The X-Men, mutants who were exiled to their own solitary lives because of public fear, mirrored countless issues in American culture since they were introduced in 1963. Whereas Spider-Man, who first gets his powers as a teenager, reflected the complications of passing great responsibility to a young adult.
Though Lee has passed, he leaves behind many great stories that are being continued to this day. Take a look at some of Lee’s contributions and some new Marvel tales below.