Some of Lee’s creations became symbols of social change.
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Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday.As the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, Lee was widely considered the architect of the contemporary comic book. Lee scripted most of Marvel's superhero comics himself during the '60s, including the "Avengers" and the "X-Men," two of the most enduring. In 1972, he became Marvel's publisher and editorial director; four years later, 72 million copies of "Spider-Man" were sold.Within a few months, the editor and art director quit, leaving the 17-year-old Lee with creative control over the company, which grew and was renamed Atlas Comics and, finally, Marvel.The first issue of "The Fantastic Four" came out in 1960, with the characters, plot and text from Lee and the illustrations by famed Marvel artist Jack Kirby. "The Amazing Spider-Man" followed in 1962 and before long, Marvel Comics was an industry behemoth.
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