TRIBUTES have been paid to Marvel co-creator Stan Lee, who passed away at the age of 95.
The visionary comic book creator was responsible for dozens of the most beloved comic book and, now, big screen characters, including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Black Panther and the Incredible Hulk.
The news was met by heartbroken responses from the stars of many of the big screen adaptations of his work.
Iron Man actor Robert Downey Jr simply wrote: “I owe it all to you. RIP Stan Lee.”
Captain America actor Chris Evans added: “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."
Cork comic book artist Will Sliney added his own tribute. Sliney has made his name illustrating many of Lee’s creations, including Spider-Man.
Speaking to the Evening Echo, the Ballycotton man said: "I don't think there will ever be another be another writer or creator like him. He was the next in a list of people like Walt Disney and Jim Henson; he really was that important."
The Corkman, who is currently working on a line of Star Wars comics from his East Cork home, only met Stan Lee on one occasion but said that many of his colleagues spoke warmly of the Marvel co-creator.
"It was important for me to meet him. Growing up, Spider-Man was my favourite comic, it was what got me started, and I wanted to meet him," he said.
"I ended up working on it for five years and it changed my life.
"All the Marvel staff last night went out to pay tribute. He was known for being jolly, friendly and upbeat all the time; the character that you saw on screen was who he was in real life too."
Comic Vault, the comic book store on Lower Oliver Plunkett Street, also paid their respects.
Posting on Instagram, they said: “Rest in peace Stan Lee, one of, if not the greatest pioneer in comics ever. Thank you for giving us so much; a hero in his own right.”