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13th Nov 2018

Robert Downey Jr posts emotional tribute to Stan Lee

'I owe it all to you'

Oli Dugmore

HOLLYWOOD, CA - JUNE 28: Robert Downey Jr. attends the premiere of Columbia Pictures' "Spider-Man: Homecoming", produced by Stan Lee, at TCL Chinese Theatre on June 28, 2017 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

‘I owe it all to you’

Tributes have been pouring in for Stan Lee, the Marvel Comics writer, since his death on Monday at the age of 95.

He created some of the most iconic movie characters of all time, including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and Iron Man.

Robert Downey Jr posted an emotional tribute to the Marvel legend, saying he owed it all to Lee. RDJ plays Tony Stark, or Iron Man, in the Marvel Cinematic Universe and has been a part of the franchise for more than a decade.

Downey Jr wrote: “I owe it all you. Rest in peace Stan.”

Lee began his career in the comic book business in 1939, before revolutionising the industry by creating The Fantastic Four with Jack Kirby in 1961. He is credited or co-credited with creating such famous superheroes as Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk and Daredevil.

He stepped away from comic book writing in 1972 to focus on publishing.

Stan Lee at Comic-Con (Credit: Rich Polk)

The comic book legend, whose wife of 69 years passed away in 2017, is survived by his daughter JC, who told TMZ: “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”

A legend and visionary in the comic book industry, Lee had in recent years been a regular on the big screen due to his consistent cameos in Marvel Cinematic Universe films.