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Session 64

The man who created many of the most famous Marvel Comics superheroes has died. Neil and Dan discuss the language from this story.

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News Review

The man behind the superheroes dies

The American comic book writer Stan Lee, who developed many superheroes for Marvel comics, has died at the age of 95.

Language challenge

This word means 'producing a great number or amount'. How do you spell it?
a) prelifik
b) proleefic
c) prolific

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The story

The comic book writer and editor, Stan Lee, who redefined the superhero genre at Marvel Comics, has died in Los Angeles. He was 95. During a prolific career, Stan Lee co-created a universe of heroes, including Spider-Man, The Incredible Hulk and Captain America.

His characters attracted huge audiences by combining superpowers with human frailty and moral complexity. Films based on his creations have made more than $20 billion in cinemas across the world.

Key words and phrases

very famous and well known
• Michael Jackson was a legendary figure in pop music.
• You haven't seen Citizen Kane!? It's absolutely legendary!

person with highly detailed knowledge about a subject
• Dan's a comic book geek. Ask him anything and he'll know the answer.
• You're such a geek! No one else knows half of the stuff you do!

the Godfather of (something)
a man who developed an influential idea, often in the arts
• James Brown was the 'Godfather of Soul'. Michael Jackson studied his moves!
• Lewis Hamilton says Fangio was the 'Godfather of Formula 1'.

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News Review - The Quiz

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Language challenge - answer

c) prolific


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