Marvel Comics co-creator Stan Lee shows his hands after placing them in cement during a ceremony in the forecourt of the TCL Chinese theatre in Los Angeles, California, U.S., July 18, 2017. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni
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Stan Lee, who dreamed up Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and a cavalcade of other Marvel Comics superheroes that became mythic figures in pop culture with soaring success at the movie box office, died at the age of 95, his daughter said Monday.Americans were familiar with superheroes before Lee, in part thanks to the 1938 launch of Superman by Detective Comics, the company that would become DC Comics, Marvel's archrival.Dozens of Marvel Comics movies, with nearly all the major characters Lee created, were produced in the first decades of the 21st century, grossing over $20 billion at theaters worldwide, according to box office analysts.Lee, as a hired hand at Marvel, received limited payback on the windfall from his characters.In a 1998 contract, he wrestled a clause for 10 percent of profits from movies and TV shows with Marvel characters. In 1961 Lee's boss saw a rival publisher's success with caped crusaders and told Lee to dream up a superhero team.Lee became Marvel's publisher in 1972 .
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