Stan Lee to get superhero send-off at Hollywood memorial

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Los Angeles: Marvel Comics mastermind Stan Lee, who merged the universe of superheroes, will be paid final respects by friends, colleagues and comics lovers at a Los Angeles memorial Wednesday night.

According to reports, filmmaker Kevin Smith, actor Mark Hamill and Lee’s daughter JC Lee will attend the public remembrance and celebration at the TCL Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

The event will include musical performances, an art exhibit, and costumes and props from Lee’s creations and Marvel-movie cameos.

Born on December 28, 1922, Stanley Martin Lieber popularly known as Stan Lee was an American comic book writer, editor, publisher, and producer. He rose through the ranks of a family-run business to become Marvel Comics’ primary creative leader for two decades, leading its expansion from a small division of a publishing house to a multimedia corporation that dominated the comics industry.

In collaboration with others at Marvel—particularly co-writer/artists Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko—he co-created numerous popular fictional characters, including superheroes Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, Thor, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther, Daredevil, Doctor Strange, Scarlet Witch and Ant-Man.

Lee died at a Los Angeles hospital in November at age 95. He was laid to rest in a small private funeral the same week. He was the face of Marvel until the end of his life and was most widely recognised for his constant cameos in dozens of Marvel movies spanning his last decades.

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