Marvel’s co-creator Stan Lee passed away on Monday at the age of 95.
The writer, editor and publisher revolutionised the comic book world in the 1960s, and he left a massive imprint on the whole world.
Lee was the brains behind a gold mine of comic book heroes, and has inspired countless actors and writers.
After retiring as a public figurehead for Marvel, he delighted viewers with his humerous cameos in movies.
Lee was responsible for co-creating many superheroes, including the Avengers.
The newest addition to the Avengers franchise, Avengers: Infinity War raked in a massive $ 250million (£182million) in the US in its first weekend – becoming the biggest domestic opening of all time.
Not only that, but it also became the biggest worldwide opening of all time, earning an eye-watering $ 630 million (£459million) across the globe.
Lee helped transform Marvel from a small publishing house into a giant media corporation.
The comic book genius was responsible for creating many well known superheroes, including Daredevil and Spider Man, together with other artists.
Not only was he responsible for creating many of the world-saving superheroes, he also appeared in the films.
“I don’t have $ 200 million. I don’t have $ 150million. I don’t have $ 100million or anywhere near that”
How much is Stan Lee worth?
Despite being credited with creating many superheroes for a company which was sold to Disney for $ 4billion (£3billion) in 2014, Stan’s net worth was not quite as shocking as you would think.
Stan’s net worth was an estimated $ 50million (£36.4million) at the time of his dead, according to Celebrity Net Worth.
He did not make a cent from Disney acquiring the company.
He reportedly has a comfortable salary of $ 1million (£700,000) from Marvel every year for life.
Stan, who was the former head of Marvel Comics, was often asked how much he earned from his many years with the company.
After the Disney deal Stan was asked by Playboy if he would receive a “Tony Stark-like helicopter”, but the comic book genius pointed out that he is not as wealthy as some may think.
He said: “My daughter was looking at the internet the other day and read that Stan Lee has an estimated $ 250million.
“I mean, that’s ridiculous!
“I don’t have $ 200 million. I don’t have $ 150million. I don’t have $ 100million or anywhere near that.”
Stan was often compared to the likes of Star Wars creator George Lucas, who currently has a net worth of $ 5billion (£3.6billion), according to Forbes.
However, Stan was nowhere near that amount.
Stan said: “George Lucas did it all by himself. He came up with the ideas. He produced the movies. He wrote and directed them and held the rights to the merchandising. It was all his.
“In my case I worked for the publisher. If the books didn’t sell, the publisher went broke – and a lot of publishers did go broke”.
He explained that working at Marvel he was “happy enough to get a nice pay check and be treated well.
“I always got the highest rate, whatever Martin Goodman paid another writer, I got at least that much.
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“It was a very good job. I was able to buy a house on Long Island.
“I never dreamed I should have $ 100million or $ 250 million or whatever that crazy number is.
“All I know is I created a lot of characters and enjoyed the work I did.”
With some help from his uncle, Stan became a comic book publisher in 1939 for Timely Comics, which eventually became Marvel.
Eventually the writer was promoted to writing comic books, and was asked to come up with a new series that would rival DC Comic’s Justice League of America.
Stan came up with his first group, the Fantastic Four, in the 1960s.
After achieving great success he became the face of Marvel Comics in the 1970s.
Stan created many fictional characters, for example Spider Man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange and the X-Men in collaboration with several other artists, including Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko.
He worked at Marvel for over 65 years as editor-in-chief, and later publisher and chairman.
He left to become Marvel’s chairman emeritus and member of the editorial board.
While this position is mainly ceremonial, it shows that for many people Stan will always be Marvel.
Stan also used to have a cameo in each Marvel film, to the delight of all the comic universe’s fans.