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Marvel Comics creator Stan Lee died on Monday (Nov 12) at the age of 95, after a lifetime of creating iconic superheroes such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, the Hulk and Black Panther.
His superheroes have revolutionised not only the world of comics, but also the pop culture landscape of today, forming the basis of some of the world’s top-selling blockbusters of all time.
The last superhero that the legendary comic writer unveiled not long before his death was named Jewel – a female superhero inspired by Chinese pop star Gloria Tang Tsz-kei, who goes by her stage name G.E.M, Billboard reported.
Earlier last month, Billboard reported that the character Jewel is a successful recording artist on a world tour. She develops super powers following an incident involving her grandmother and a charm bracelet. Determined to keep her powers hidden, she is forced to lead a double life as a pop star and an undercover superhero who fights villains.
In an Instagram post, G.E.M wrote in Mandarin: “Never had I thought I would become a superhero one day! Super excited!”
According to South China Morning Post, Lee had always wanted to create a Chinese superhero, and his encounter with the singer-songwriter in Hong Kong last December became a source of inspiration.
Following Lee’s death, the 27-year-old singing sensation posted a photo of her and Lee on Instagram. In the accompanying caption, she expressed shock and sadness, saying she was honoured to have met Lee and seen his creativity in meetings.
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So shocked, so sad… 🙁 One of the sweetest and most humble person I’ve met, its my honour to have met you and share meetings on your creative and thought process. You have been a big big inspiration to the world, you have brought hopes and courage to so many people’s lives. Thanks for empowering and encouraging so many people and let them believe in themselves. Thanks for everything that you have done! We’ll miss you @therealstanlee ! #legend #stanlee #ripstanlee #rip 很驚訝，和傷心⋯ 你是其中一個我認識過最和藹可親的人，能遇見你實在是我的幸運。謝謝你為世界帶來這麼多的啟發、希望與勇氣，謝謝你讓這麼多人在動盪的世界裡能夠相信自己。你會一直留在我們的心裡、生活裡！ @therealstanlee
She wrote: “One of the sweetest and most humble person I’ve met, its my honour to have met you…
“You have been a big big inspiration to the world, you have brought hopes (sic) and courage to so many people’s lives. Thanks for empowering and encouraging so many people and let (sic) them believe in themselves. Thanks for everything that you have done! We’ll miss you @therealstanlee.”
G.E.M., who was born in Shanghai and is based in Hong Kong, is often called the “Taylor Swift of Asia”. Known for her powerful vocals, the pop star has a following of over 28 million on China’s Weibo.