Comic book creators took to Twitter Thursday to wish visionary Marvel Comics writer Stan Lee a happy birthday. Lee turned 95 today.
Eisner Award-winning writer and editor J.M. DeMatteis, who wrote for Stan Lee co-creations Spider-Man, Hulk, Doctor Strange and the Silver Surfer, shared his birthday wish accompanied by a blog post exploring Lee's "incalculable impact" on the comic book industry.
Artist Bill Sienkiewicz, who was worked on Lee co-creations the Fantastic Four and Black Widow, shared an original piece of artwork wishing the legendary Marvel Comics creator "many more" birthdays to come.
Mark Millar, writer behind titles like Marvel Knights Spider-Man and Ultimate Fantastic Four, shared a GIF of Lee declaring his famous catchphrase of "Excelsior!"
"Other people idolize Spider-Man," Millar wrote. My hero is Stan Lee. Happy 95th, Stan!"
Deadpool co-creator Rob Liefeld hailed Lee as "Comic Books' Premiere Ambassador," attaching a classic photo of Lee alongside his most famous co-creation, Spider-Man.
Deadpool co-creator Fabian Nicieza and longtime Marvel Comics author Brian Michael Bendis, who scripted for the Avengers and co-created Ultimate Spider-Man, shared photos of themselves with the living legend:
happy birthday Stan! thanks for EVERYTHING! is it wrong if a photoshop my new skinny self into this? I don't want to nudge the man for another one :) pic.twitter.com/GAZ2HdVkEe— BRIAN MICHAEL BENDIS (@BRIANMBENDIS) December 28, 2017
Lee's iconic co-creations have since become the basis for Marvel Studios' shared cinematic universe, now the highest-grossing movie franchise of all time.
Lee famously appears in nearly-every Marvel adaptation, particularly those of characters he helped create. The 95-year-old will next have cameo appearances in Black Panther, Avengers: Infinity War and Ant-Man and the Wasp.