After a hard year battling pneumonia and other various illnesses, Marvel comics co-creator Stan Lee has passed away today at the age of 95, leaving behind a legacy that will live on forever after creating the most iconic superheros of all time.
Just over one year after his wife of 69 years, Joan, passed away in 2017, Stan Lee was rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center today on November 12, 2018 where he passed away. His daughter J.C. broke the terrible news telling TMZ, “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.” The king of cameos, Lee was loved by millions of fans, who made one his most recent film cameo in a DC MOVIE of all places, where he nailed his funniest appearance yet in Teen Titans GO to The Movies.
I only met Stan Lee once at the Calgary Comic & Entertainment Expo and it was the hastiest and most impersonal experience with a celebrity I can recall, but I don’t blame Stan the Man for that at all – that would be the MASSIVE lines and hordes of fans chomping at the bit to get his autograph killing my one on one time with the legend, so even though I could only muster a “Hi” and “Thank you” as he autographed my Web of Spider-Man #1, it was still a surreal experience and that comic sits framed above the very computer I’m writing this devastating article on.
This past summer, it was reported at Bleeding Cool, that Stan Lee was unable to sign comics anymore in public, asking handlers how to spell his name and even just drawing circles on fans’ books. Battling various illnesses and you know – being 95, it was hard to watch the icon deteriorate right in front of fans at the Silicon Valley Comic Con. It was shortly announced after this appearance that Lee would no longer sign in public, putting an end to his comic convention appearances once and for all.
Stan Lee was the godfather of comics – now and always. There will NEVER be another more renowned name in the industry for as long as comic books exist. This is a bad day for everyone – so let’s all take a look at some of social media sadness that has engulfed the Tweets as we remember Stan Lee – the man who created The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, Black Panther, The Incredible Hulk, X-Men, Iron Man and The Avengers…
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) November 12, 2018
There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018
Thank you for filling our childhoods with such joy. You will be dearly, dearly missed… pic.twitter.com/Qt2sZqaNlc
— Russo Brothers (@Russo_Brothers) November 12, 2018
Stan Lee created a universe where, if a character was beloved enough, they could never really die.
Now THAT’S thinking ahead.
Thanks for so much of my life. You’ll never not be in it.
— Joss Whedon (@joss) November 12, 2018
— Venom (@VenomMovie) November 12, 2018
— KevinSmith (@ThatKevinSmith) November 12, 2018
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This is how I’ll always see you, @therealstanlee: as our benevolent leader and king, smiling down from your eternal throne on the generations of imaginations you fed and inspired. You were the first creator whose voice I knew before I’d ever actually heard it. You dreamed up some of my favorite modern myths and created characters that instilled in me a moral barometer, teaching me right from wrong and showing me it’s always better to be a hero instead of a villain. Your characters represented us: yes, they had extraordinary, unbelievable abilities, but they were also reflections of a world we knew, where a Spider-Man is really just a boy who wants to help. You showed me how to interact with the audience whenever you stepped onto Stan’s Soapbox to reach out to the readers. You showed me how to advocate for my field beyond the actual art itself whenever you tub thumped for comic books outside of the medium. It was never enough for you to simply make a comic because you were a true salesman at heart. So you not only sold comics, you sold me *on* comics – so much so that I built a life and career around your dreams and ideals. When you did Mallrats with us, you not only made a lifelong fan’s dream come true, you also lent me comic book credibility that I still get to spend today. And whether it was for @comicbookmenamc or @yogahosers, whenever I asked to borrow your heat again, you were always there for me with a smile. Your love story with Joanie and your long, happy marriage always shined as an example of what I wanted for my personal life. I long admired (and emulated) your kindness and patience and sense of humor when dealing with your public. Outside of my parents, you were the one adult who gave me the most useful life skills I still use today. Thank you, Stan, for making me not only the boy I was but also the man I am today. You had great power and you always used it responsibly, fostering billions of dreamers who all know your name – a name written in the stars for all time. You were not just the literary titan of comic books, you were our modern day Mark Twain. I will miss you all my days, my friend and hero. Excelsior forevermore. #KevinSmith #StanLee