The avuncular, controversial longtime writer and publisher of Marvel Comics died on Monday in Los Angeles. Stan Lee was the Walt Disney of my generation. His creations will live on forever.
His creativity and ideas cast a mystical field over the popular culture of the 20th and 21st centuries, and taught generations of nerds of every flavor and stripe about responsibility, morality, and love. And in a sense, his death can’t be any more permanent than one he might have written for a comic-book character, because the stories he began are all to be continued, forever.