Former Marvel president and superhero creator left his mark on the world of anime
Crunchyroll News is saddened to report that comic book creator and former Marvel president/chairman Stan Lee has died today. He was 95 years old.
Fans of multiple genres of entertainment worldwide have loved Lee's work for decades, from his first stint in Captain America back in 1941 to his recent involvement in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. He's been responsible for the creation and co-creation of dozens of Western comics' most memorable characters, from Spider-Man to the X-Men to the majority of the Avengers.
Today, though, we also remember Lee for his contributions to anime—both via Marvel projects and new creations.
Lee is responsible for the creation of anime series Heroman and The Reflection, mixing his Western comic book style with anime heroes. And, as with the MCU, he made appearances in both—a cameo in Heroman, and the role of Mr. Mystic in The Reflection. His unmistakable voice also narrated the trailer for the latter, a Studio DEEN production:
Lee's work also extended to manga, thanks to a collaboration with Shaman King's Hiroyuki Takei titled Karakuri Doji Ultimo.
We at Crunchyroll News wish his family and friends all the best today, as well as the many, many fans among us who will miss him greatly.
Kara Dennison is a writer, editor, and interviewer with bylines at VRV, Sartorial Geek by Jordandene, We Are Cult, and many more. She is also the co-founder of Altrix Books and co-creator of the OEL light novel series Owl's Flower. Kara blogs at karadennison.com and tweets @RubyCosmos.