Comic book enthusiasts across the City of Cape Town are grieving the loss of legendary writer, editor and Marvel Cinematic Universe comics publisher Stan Lee.
He died early on Monday morning at Cedars Senai Medical Centre in Los Angeles at the age of 95.
Since starting out in 1939, he’s played a pivotal role in creating Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-men, Thor and many other countless characters.
Readers Den’s Nizar Abrahams says he credits Lee for creating this world he could escape to.
“Although we knew that he was ageing, somehow we felt that that was one of his superpowers that he’ll never die. To experience it today is heartbreaking. I think all fans worldwide are in the same boat, we’re in this dark space.”
Award-winning author and best-selling comic writer Lauren Beukes says he’s left an indelible mark on modern pop culture.
“He was very inspiring in his work, and there’s message in his work, which was all for social justice and heroes being the best possible versions of ourselves. The saddest thing to me is not the incredible legacy that he left behind, but that there were people trying to take advantage of him at the end,” Beukes said.
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