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A universe of flawed heroes: Marvel comics creator Stan Lee was ahead of his time

Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95.

A universe of flawed heroes: Marvel comics creator Stan Lee was ahead of his time

Stan Lee, the creative dynamo who revolutionized the comic book and helped make billions for Hollywood by introducing human frailties in Marvel superheroes such as Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four and the Incredible Hulk, died Monday. He was 95. (Source: Reuters)

A universe of flawed heroes: Marvel comics creator Stan Lee was ahead of his time

As the top writer at Marvel Comics and later as its publisher, Lee was widely considered the architect of the contemporary comic book. (Source: Reuters)

A universe of flawed heroes: Marvel comics creator Stan Lee was ahead of his time

Stanley Martin Lieber was born Dec. 28, 1922, in New York. He grew up a fan of "Hardy Boys" adventure books and Errol Flynn movies, and got a job at Timely Comics after graduating from high school. (Source: Reuters)

A universe of flawed heroes: Marvel comics creator Stan Lee was ahead of his time

He revived the industry in the 1960s by offering the costumes and action craved by younger readers while insisting on sophisticated plots, college-level dialogue, satire, science fiction, even philosophy. (Source: AP)

A universe of flawed heroes: Marvel comics creator Stan Lee was ahead of his time

Millions responded to the unlikely mix of realistic fantasy, and many of his characters, including Spider-Man, the Hulk and X-Men went on to become stars of blockbuster films. He won the National Medal of Arts in 2008. (Source: Reuters)

A universe of flawed heroes: Marvel comics creator Stan Lee was ahead of his time

Recent projects Lee helped make possible range from the films "Avengers: Infinity War," ''Black Panther" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" to such TV series as "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" and "Daredevil." (Source: AP)

A universe of flawed heroes: Marvel comics creator Stan Lee was ahead of his time

Recent projects Lee helped make possible range from the films "Avengers: Infinity War," ''Black Panther" and "Guardians of the Galaxy" to such TV series as "Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D" and "Daredevil." (Source: Reuters)

A universe of flawed heroes: Marvel comics creator Stan Lee was ahead of his time

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. (Source: Reuters)

A universe of flawed heroes: Marvel comics creator Stan Lee was ahead of his time

His heroes, meanwhile, were a far cry from virtuous do-gooders such as rival DC Comics' Superman. (Source: Reuters)