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1. Preview the vocabulary and read the gapfill text.
2. Play the news report and try to fill in the blanks.
3. Answer the comprehension questions by writing full sentences.
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dateline: 14 November 2018

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Comic Legend Stan Lee Dies at 95

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • legendary: very well-known
  • humanized: having human qualities
  • household name: a well-known person
  • cameo: a minor role by a famous person
  • blockbuster: a very successful film
  • voice-over: voice recordings of a narrator or character

Comic Legend Stan Lee Dies at 95

Stan Lee, the writer and co-creator of Marvel Comics and its legendary characters, including Spider-Man, Iron Man, and the X-Men, died on November 12 at the age of 95. In the early ’60s, inspired by the movement, Lee’s job was to create humanized superheroes that could compete against the Justice League of DC Comics (e.g., Superman, Wonder Woman, and Batman). When Marvel began making blockbuster films, Stan Lee became a household name. In years, fans have enjoyed looking for Lee in his cameo roles in Marvel films and TV series. Lee’s wife of 69 years, who did voice-over work in some of Marvel’s films, died last year at the age of 95.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is Stan Lee known for?
  2. Why does the report mention DC Comics?
  3. What major event happened in Stan Lee’s life last year?

Discussion Questions

Who is your favourite superhero and why?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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