Stay on target Stan Lee May Have New York City Street Named After HimArnold Schwarzenegger Lends Voice to ‘Stan Lee’s Superhero Kindergarten’ Stan Lee, the architect of Marvel’s shared universe, the writer of numerous titles, and the public-facing head of the publisher during one of its most creatively fertile periods, has died at the age of 95.Collected here are his 11 finest creations.Black BoltThe Inhumans are a great concept in-and-of-themselves: Highly evolved, superpowered, moon-dwelling distant-distant-distant cousins of humanity. But even amongst an entire race of crazy, awesome, and crazy-awesome characters, Black Bolt stands out. He’s the king of the Inhumans, but his special power – a “quasi-sonic scream” – prevents him from speaking normally, which ensures that even this royal, superpowered, space-god retains the feet of clay for which Lee’s characters are most famous.Black PantherA common misconception about the Black Panther character is that he was created as a way of tying into current events, specifically the rise of the Black Panther Party. The truth though, is that the Black Panther predated the founding of the Black Panther Party by several months! It’s just one of many examples of how tapped into the zeitgeist Lee was at his creative peak, as he and frequent co-creator Jack Kirby introduced King T’Challa, who is not only the first black superhero, but also an early example of a non-American superhero.DaredevilThough Frank Miller is the creator most closely associated with Daredevil (and rightfully so), Matt Murdock was actually created decades prior to Miller’s celebrated run by none other than Stan Lee and Namor the Sub-Mariner creator Bill Everett. Though the hardboiled noir elements of the book wouldn’t really come in until Miller got his hands on him, Lee, Everett, Wally Wood, John Romita Sr, and others built an iconic character – the blind lawyer who defends his clients by day and protects Hell’s Kitchen by night – that still holds weight today, as evidenced by the fan-favorite Netflix series.Doctor DoomThe Fantastic Four is probably Stan Lee’s single greatest contribution to comics. It kicked-off the Marvel Age of comics, reinvigorating superheroes for subsequent generations, it gave fandom a full family of iconic heroes, and it fleshed out the Marvel Universe with countless supporting characters. But on top of all that? The Fantastic Four also gave us one of the greatest comic book villains of all time: The arrogant, brilliant, ruthless leader of Latveria…Doctor Doom.Galactus & Silver SurferDoctor Doom is great, but he’s not even close to my favorite character from Lee & Kirby’s legendary Fantastic Four run. I’m cheating a little bit here, lumping the Devourer of Worlds Galactus in with his greatest herald, the Silver Surfer, but I think it’s probably alright, due to how closely connected the two characters are and, more importantly, how amazing they are together. Galactus & Silver Surfer are a perfect example of the type of gonzo absurdity that Lee & Kirby played with a straight face, making it palatable to children, adults, and everyone in between.The HulkIt’s a popular notion to say that the Hulk is basically just a superhero Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde. While there are certainly some similarities (brilliant doctor turns himself into a despicable monster), they’re all very surface-level. What makes the Hulk truly special is what drives him: Rage. That simple twist on the old Jekyll/Hyde archetype makes it possible to use the green giant to explore all aspects of anger, making him instantly identifiable to generations of comic book readers.MagnetoLike Doctor Doom and The Fantastic Four, Lee’s greatest contribution to the X-Men might just be their greatest villain, the Master of Magnetism, Magneto. Generations of comic book creators have all put their spin on the villain, but the core idea has largely remained the same: Magneto is a man that while not inherently evil, is so furious at the bigotry he faces that he is compelled to strike back. He was the Malcolm X to Professor X’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Combine that amazing motivation with the fascinating, versatile ability to control magnetic fields and you have the recipe for one of the best comics characters of all time.Nick FuryNick Fury is, quite possibly, the most flexible and malleable of any of Stan Lee’s creations. In his first appearance, back in 1963, Nick Fury was the head of an elite military group, as part of the war-based Sgt. Fury and his Howling Commandos. By 1965, however, with the explosive popularity of James Bond films, Fury had transitioned into more of a spy character. As the years have worn on, Fury didn’t just remain an active part of the Marvel Universe – he actually became an ever more crucial component, both in comics and film, as the head of S.H.I.E.L.D.Spider-ManThere was no way that Spider-Man – one of the most popular and durable superheroes of all time – wasn’t going to make this list. For years, Spider-Man was one of Marvel’s flagship titles, ushered through countless now-iconic storylines by Lee, co-creator Steve Ditko, and the legendary John Romita, Sr. As a youth-based superhero that squared off almost exclusively against old men, Spider-Man was a crucial part of Marvel’s explosive growth in popularity.The ThingBenjamin Grimm, The Ever-Lovin’ Blue-Eyed Thing, is most closely associated with Jack Kirby, which makes sense, as the Lower East Side-dwelling, rough-and-tumble Jewish character had an inordinate amount in common with the King of Comics. But for the most part, it was Stan Lee that gave the Thing his voice in those early years, and as such, he was a vital part of making the character one of Marvel’s most beloved and most complex.Uatu, the WatcherAnother character that had his origin in The Fantastic Four, Uatu is one of those concepts that’s become so integral to fandom that it’s easy to forget how bizarre it is. A member of the a race of aliens called the Watchers, Uatu hangs out on the moon and, you guessed it, watches stuff. The trick, however, is that he’s bound to never interfere with what he sees go down on the Earth, though he invariably finds ways to get around that restriction.As of right this very second, we consider these to be Stan Lee’s greatest creations. But if you were to ask us tomorrow…the list would probably be totally different, due to the extremely deep roster we’re looking at here. Tell us your favorite Lee creations down in the comments!Aubrey Sitterson is the writer of the upcoming Street Fighter x G.I. Joe comic from IDW Publishing. Find him on Twitter or check out his website for more information.