LOS ANGELES - Comic book giant Stan Lee, who dreamed up such pop culture icons as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk, the Black Panther and countless others, has been honoured in Hollywood by hundreds of fans and celebrities.
Lee, who died in November at age 95, saw his ink-on-paper, pulp comic characters grow into movie money-makers. He famously made cameo appearances in just about all of them.
As a writer and editor, Lee was key to the ascension of Marvel into a comic book titan in the 1960s when, in collaboration with artists such as Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko, he created superheroes who would enthrall generations of young readers.
American film director Kevin Smith, best known for the movies "Chasing Amy" and "Clerks" and the television programme "Comic Book Men", hosted the tribute at the TCL Chinese Theater.
"His like is never going to pass this way ever again and I'm not just talking about the sheer professionalism of his output. Think about the entire universe of characters he created. That's not going to be duplicated ever again," Smith told Reuters.