Celebrities offer thanks, condolences in death of Stan Lee

In this May 9, 1988, file photo, comics impresario Stan Lee, center, poses with Lou Ferrigno, right, and Eric Kramer who portray 'The Incredible Hulk' and Thor, respectively, in a special movie for NBC, 'The Incredible Hulk Returns,' May 9, 1988, Los Angeles, Calif. Comic book genius Lee, the architect of the contemporary comic book, has died. He was 95. The creative dynamo who revolutionized the comics by introducing human frailties in superheroes such as Spider-Man, The Fantastic Four and The Incredible Hulk, was declared dead Monday, Nov. 12, 2018, at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, according to Kirk Schenck, an attorney for Lee's daughter, J.C. Lee. (AP Photo/Nick Ut, File)

“Thank you, Stan, for making me not only the boy I was but also the man I am today. You had great power and you always used it responsibly, fostering billions of dreamers who all know your name — a name written in the stars for all time. You were not just the literary titan of comic books, you were our modern day Mark Twain. I will miss you all my days, my friend and hero. Excelsior forevermore.” — Filmmaker, comic book devotee and Stan Lee friend Kevin Smith, via Instagram.

“I owe it all to you… Rest In Peace Stan… #MCU #Excelsior #legend #rip #stanlee #TeamStark”

“Iron Man” actor Robert Downey Jr., via Instagram.

“We’ve lost a creative genius. Stan Lee was a pioneering force in the superhero universe. I’m proud to have been a small part of his legacy and… to have helped bring one of his characters to life. #StanLee #Wolverine”“Wolverine” actor Hugh Jackman, via Twitter.

“There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!”“Captain America” actor Chris Evans, via Twitter.

“RIP Stan. Thanks for everything.”“Deadpool” actor Ryan Reynolds, via Twitter.

“Onward and upward to greater glory! Excelsior! Good man, Excelsior!”“Black Panther” actress Angela Bassett, via Twitter.

“Thank you Stan Lee for making people who feel different realize they are special.” — Seth Rogan, via Twitter.

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