- The Washington Times - Friday, May 20, 2016

It’s the end of an era for comic book enthusiasts.

GeekNation.com reported Thursday that Stan Lee, the creator of Spider-Man and the X-Men, will make his appearance at October’s New York Comic-Con his last.

“The legend did recently reveal earlier this year that other than his eyesight and his hearing, he is in otherwise good health condition,” GeekNation noted of the 93-year-old.

Born Stanley Martin Lieber, Mr. Lee adopted his pen name when he took a day job writing comic book stories.

“I was a little embarrassed to be doing the work I did, and I figured someday I’ll write the Great American Novel and I don’t want to ruin my possibilities by having my name disliked this way,” he told National Public Radio in November.

While he never got around to writing novels, Mr. Lee has had a prolific career creating numerous comic book characters, some of which have gone on to spawn popular movie or television franchises, such as the Iron Man and Spider-Man movies or the Daredevil series on the Netflix streaming-video service.

Mostly content working behind the scenes, Mr. Lee nonetheless has enjoyed time in front of the camera in cameos in Marvel Comics-licensed movies and hosted a reality-TV series, “Who Wants to Be a Superhero?”

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