By now, you’ve likely seen the news that former Marvel editor-in-chief and superhero visionary Stan Lee has died, aged 95. The man behind characters such as Spider-Man, the X-Men, Iron Man, and Black Panther was well-loved in China and there’s been an outpouring of sorrow on social media here, just as in his native US.
The news comes just weeks after a comic con bearing Lee’s name took place in Shanghai. Although the man himself was unable to attend, news emerged soon after the event that Lee had felt inspired to draw up a new superhero based on pop star (and Rap of China judge) GEM, which now appears to be one of his last creations:
GEM, also known as Deng Ziqi, joined the chorus of Weibo users sharing their grief, calling Lee “one of the most amiable people I’ve ever met”:
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– This story originally appeared on radiichina.com.