Stan Lee, the comic book king who helped create countless superheroes and once expressed a desire to be “president of the world,” has reportedly died.
The former Marvel Comics editor-in-chief — one of the minds behind characters such as Spider-Man, the Hulk and Black Panther, among many others — died Monday in Los Angeles, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Lee, born Stanley Lieber, was 95.
Back in May, Lee tweeted to his more than 3 million followers that he was interested in a particular international gig:
The United States has a President, but I want to be the President of the world. Who will vote for me?— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) May 23, 2018
Tributes to Lee poured in from countless groups and prominent figures, ranging from "Captain America" star Chris Evans to the Army, in which Lee served during World War II:
Rest in peace, Soldier.— U.S. Army (@USArmy) November 12, 2018
Comic book creator @TheRealStanLee has passed away at the age of 95. Lee served in the #USArmy Signal Corps during WWII from 1942-1945. We are deeply grateful for his service to our country and for his tremendous support to servicemembers. #Excelsior! pic.twitter.com/P9tdwoxxx2
There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018
Rest in peace, Stan Lee. The many worlds of imagination & delight you created for humanity will last forever.— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) November 12, 2018
Thank you Stan Lee for unleashing the imagation and fueling the dreams of multiple generations of children.— Ivanka TrumpIvanka TrumpTrump Tower debt added to watch list as vacancies rise House panel tees up Trump executive privilege fight in Jan. 6 probe Mary Trump doesn't see her cousins connecting with GOP MORE (@IvankaTrump) November 12, 2018
Superheroes never die - and neither will your legacy of creative genius! RIP pic.twitter.com/AhSLJmh2R0
Born in Manhattan, the bespectacled writer on occasion briefly traded his fictional comic book world to weigh in on the real-life political landscape. In a 2016 interview with the Kansas City Star, Lee reflected on the White House race between Democratic presidential nominee Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 Clinton lawyer's indictment reveals 'bag of tricks' Attorney charged in Durham investigation pleads not guilty MORE and then-Republican nominee Donald TrumpDonald TrumpTrump takes shot at new GOP candidate in Ohio over Cleveland nickname GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 On The Money — Dems dare GOP to vote for shutdown, default MORE.
“It’s different than any that I can remember," Lee said at the time. “There is more color to it because of Trump. He’s a very unusual guy. And there’s a lot of bitterness also.”
“I’m not sure that it’s good for the country to have that much bitterness in a presidential election,” Lee said, “but I’m just waiting to see how it comes out, the way everybody else is.”
—Updated at 4:40 p.m.