R.I.P. Stan Lee (1922-2018)

Stan, you just had to go, I know that.  You’ve been here for 95 years and entertaining us for most of them.  You gave, and you gave, and you gave.  You deserve your rest now.

Stan, I knew who Spider-man was before I knew the Prime Minister of Canada.  You brought me the Star Wars comics that kept me going between movies.  Through those pages I discovered all that so many of my favourite heroes were yours!  Captain America, Iron Man, the Hulk, the Fantastic Four, the X-Men…I always preferred Marvel to DC and I can’t really explain why.  I liked Superman, but the Marvel lineup was so much better than DC’s.  Their characters were more interesting to me, and it was addictive, how storylines weaved through one title to another.

My dad would buy me one new comic on the trip to the cottage each time. I always chose Marvel.

I wouldn’t be surprised at all if some version of Spider-man is still popular in another 95 years.  Perhaps these characters you helped create will be remembered as literary classics.  If not, I am confident that the Marvel heroes will be a part of our cultural backdrop for a long, long time.

Excelsior!

 

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11 comments

  1. A real hero. I was re-reading his essay from 1968 when I learned the news last night. I thought about how he created these heroes when the world needed heroes. And it’s not all about fighting super villains, but fighting intolerance. And that essay from 1968 is still relevant today… 50 years later. Quite incredible, really.

    Anyhoo, I can to discover and appreciate Stan through animated TV shows. Spider-Man and Hulk were my favourites. I only ever had a handful of comics. But man, oh man… those characters… they were troubled and weird and they rocked.

    Gave the wee folk hope. Made the weirdo kids feel a bit special, cause all the superheroes are a bit weird. We get older and realise we don’t need the mask or cape.

    And that you don’t need to just destroy stuff when people make you angry!

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  2. Nice tribute Mike
    Whenever I hear his name, I immediately get the comic book guy’s voice in my head, “Stan Lee never left”
    And in terms of the legacy he’s leaving behind, that’s certainly true

    Like

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