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Daytime reflects back on comic legend Stan Lee. was saddened to hear of the passing of Marvel Comics writer, editor and publisher Stan Lee on November 12 at the age of 95. He began Marvel Comics in 1939 and co-created icons such as Spider-Man, The X-Men, Black Panther, The Mighty Thor, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, The Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man. Lee transformed Marvel into the world’s number one publisher of comic books and a multimedia giant, franchising into cartoons, films and videogames. In 2009, The Walt Disney Co. bought Marvel Entertainment for $4 billion.

Several in the daytime industry took time yesterday to mark his passing, some had even worked with the legend. Daniel Goddard (Cane Ashby, The Young and the Restless) starred as the villain Python in the 2006 sci-fi film Lightspeed which was produced by Lee. He wrote of Lee on Instagram, “What an incredible man… what a brilliant mind. What a loss… You will be missed.” Finola Hughes (Anna Devane, General Hospital) also wrote, “I had the honour of working with Stan Lee back in ‘96. Such stories, a creative genius.” She played Emma Frost in the 1996 TV movie Generation X, based on the comic which was a spin-off of X-men.

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Many in daytime never got a chance to work with him, but felt inspired by him. Darin Brooks (Wyatt Spencer, The Bold and the Beautiful) wrote, “Excelsior! #rip @therealstanlee … You were the first to give me hopes and dreams through your heroes and villains. Characters for us to live up to. Comics to devour then imagine and dream. I STILL have my marvel cards to this day… and STILL hope to play one of your characters! ? Thank you for your universe! You will be missed… ” Anthony Montgomery (Andre Maddox, GH) has penned his own comic book Miles Away and also marked Lee’s passing. “Rest in Paradise, Stan Lee. I never had the honor of meeting or working with him but his creations helped me overcome a lot of rough times during my childhood. I thank him for helping me through a painful past, for helping influence my need to explore the depths of my imagination and for all he’s meant, and will forever mean, to this world. He inspired us all. Thank you, Mr. Lee.”

Stan Lee’s stories have resonated with young and old alike and gave a voice to many who felt powerless over the years. He is survived by his daughter J.C. Lee and younger brother Larry Lieber, who was a writer and artist for Marvel. Lee’s wife of 69 years, Joan, passed in 2017.