Stan Lee, the creative genious behind so many comic book characters such as Spider-man, Iron Man, The Hulk, and the X-Men, passed away today at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center at the age of 95.
While a rival at Marvel, DC Comics today paid tribute to Stan Lee and the impact he had on the comic book industry.
“Without Stan Lee’s fertile and creative mind, endless energy and work ethic, comic books would have been completely different from what we know and enjoy today,” said DC Publisher Dan DiDio. “He helped to create worlds that were both fantastic and relatable at the same time, allowing more people to embrace superhero stories. We’ll be forever richer having him with us.”
“Stan was a great friend and a true legend. He paved the road for me and other creators for more than half a century,” said DC Chief Creative Officer and Publisher Jim Lee. “From my beginnings in the industry until today, Stan’s influence on my work and my life can’t be emphasized enough. It was a dream come true to have worked with him however briefly, and I’m honored to be among the amazing roster of creative talent that shared the stage with him. My thoughts and prayers are with his family and the millions of fans whose lives have been touched by his brilliance.”
Back in 2000 DC Comics and Stan Lee collaborated on a series of comic books in which Lee presented his own alternative interpretation of DC characters including Superman. The series, JUST IMAGINE STAN LEE CREATING, gave Lee the freedom to literally start the lives of Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, and other DC stars over from birth.
At the time Lee said, “During all the years I’ve been with Marvel, it was always fun to imagine how I might have written the DC characters. Now, it’s really great to have the chance to reapproach the DC Universe and tackle the storytelling and characterization in my own style. The chance to work with people I’ve admired for years and the chance to create stories with characters that I’ve enjoyed for years was an offer I could not resist.”
Stan Lee’s health had started to fail over the last few month, with his death today confirmed by his daughter, J.C. Lee. Stan Lee’s wife Joan, who he had been married to for 69 years, passed away in July 2017. Our condolences to his family and friends.
There are no words that I can express for the way I feel on the loss of this great comic book writer. He made so many great superheroes that fans like myself look up to. He even had written an else worlds comic on Superman and the justice league. It is a sad day for superhero fans. He will be sorely missed. My deepest condolences to his family. May he rest in peace.
He lived almost a century. And his work has left a huge impact for generations to come. For me…this is the man who redefined and reinvented comic books and turned the whole industry upside down for the better. I’m writing this shedding a tear of loss and sadness. And my heart goes out to his family and loved ones. May your sweet sweet soul rest in peace, Stan. You have given your all and more making us love comics.
Flight of angels sing thee to thine rest.
Gone…but I promise…you will never ever be forgotten.
“You know, I guess one person in a world can really make a difference. Enough said.”
-Stan Lee in Spider-man 3
I’m thankful for all the heroes he made, He will be miss. 🙁
He was a great writer and I enjoy seeing his cameos in Spider-man and Avengers movies.
Rest in peace, Stan.
Superman may be my favorite superhero but Spidey was my first. Countless afternoons I spent pouring over collected hardcover volumes of classic Marvel comics long before Masterworks or Epic Collections were a thing. “Bring On The Bad Guys” and “Son Of Origins”. That’s how I was introduced to Stan Lee and Jack Kirby. (Right alongside “Superman From the 30’s to the 70’s” and a volume with the same theme for Batman. I kept all these books checked out from my local library constantly.) Stan thank you to yourself and to Jack and various other artists and writers from those very… Read more »
To quote Uncle Ben in Spider-Man, “With great power, comes great responsibility.” Stan Lee had that power and he and Jack Kirby, were quite responsible with it. RIP Stan “The Man.”
Excelsior, my man.
His appearances in the Marvel movies were some of the BEST scenes in the Marvel movies!
Stan will be missed dearly. Something has changed in our universe as if a vacuum in the fabric of space-time has been created.
I was hoping WB would have contacted him to make a cameo in a DC movie, like maybe in Suicide Squad!
Yes, Stan Lee made an appearance in the recently released Teens Titans Go animated movie.
Sorry DC, but I grew up a Marvel Comics fan, and always looked forward to seeing Stan’s name in print. (However, after several years of watching Lois & Clark and Smallville, I left Marvel and became a Superman/DC fan.) There was always something reassuring about seeing his face or image in the comic books and reading his opinions in his soapbox or letters page. I even expanded my vocabulary and learned alliteration through the way he wrote in Bullpen Bulletins. Here is a killer example from the pages of Marvel past: “A Profound Potpourri of Perplexing Pronouncements and Preposterous Philosophy,… Read more »
I’d like to think that Stan and Julie Schwartz are now sitting in the Hall of Heroes, trying to outdo each other with their story ideas.