Professor X – 1963
Famed comic book creator Stan Lee created over 300 characters while working at Marvel as a writer and then as editor in chief. As we look back at his incredible legacy following his passing, here are some of his most famous characters both in and out of the filmic universe, including Spider-Man, Black Panther, Hulk, Black Widow and Doctor Strange.
As founder of the X-Men, Charles Xavier/Professor X (seen here portrayed by actor Patrick Stewart in the 2000 movie X-Men) created and runs a school to teach young mutants how to understand and control their powers so they can live among humans without being a threat. Lee was inspired by Martin Luther King Jr. to make a superhero who tries to broker peace between mutants and humans.