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Comic book fans will forever have the date of 12th November 2018 etched in their memories. They will forever remember where they were and what they were doing the moment they heard Stan ‘The Man’ Lee had passed away.
I myself had just sat down in the living room after dinner. I was flicking through Twitter and I saw it come up on a retweet “Legendary comic creator Stan Lee passes away aged 95”. My immediate response was one of denial. I continued to scroll through my timeline. The sad fact that he had indeed passed began to set in. Then in this immense moment of sadness my heart filled with joy. When scrolling I saw all the tweets and retweets from people of all walks of life. Stan as a person and his work touched so many lives. I’d like to share some of these immediate responses now to see the wide scope of love for Stan Lee the godfather of comics.
Jonathan Ross @wossy “Lower the flag to half-mast, True Believers. The great Stan Lee has left us. They’ll be drinking mead and singing songs in Valhalla tonight. Thanks for everything Stan #RIPStanLee”
Xenia @XeniaEmefa “My jaw literally dropped in shock after hearing the news that Stan Lee has passed away. I genuinely can’t imagine what things would be like for comic books and comic book movies without him. I’ll be forever grateful for that”
Brain Q Quinn @BQQuinn “Stan Lee died. He did more for me than most politicians ever could”
Language of Bromance @languageofbro “Stan Lee created so much. His legend will live on forever”
Cullen Bunn @cullenbunn “I’m gutted by the passing of Stan Lee. Here was a guy who wielded his creativity and intelligence to bring unparalleled joy into the world. We should all live so well and follow his example. Rest In Peace, Mr. Lee”
Tom Taylor @TomTaylorMade “Yeah. This one hurts. Thank you for all the words, Stan. And thank you for our heroes. Excelsior. #StanLee #RipStanLee”
Patton Oswalt @pattonoswalt “Permanent cameo in heaven. #RIPStanLee”
Funko @OriginalFunko “Today we thank the incomparable Stan Lee for inspiring generations of comic book fans around the world. Suffice to say, Funko would not be te same without you, Mr. Lee. Now, all together… Excelsior!”
Like I said an opportunity to feel proud and raise a smile in a sad moment. Stan inspired so many people, he truly had a global reach. A reach that extends way beyond comic book fans. To a younger generation he perhaps lives up to his nickname as the godfather of comics more than anything else. He remained a very public face to a company who were still living off the riches of his creations. He essentially garnered a whole new audience just from his small cameos in every MCU movie. Stan Lee was the greatest hype man a company could ever ask for. Hell he hyped the medium of comics. He took comics seriously and talked about them with passion. Without his enthusiasm perhaps Hollywood would never have shown as much interest in the four colour format has it did. Perhaps Lee’s crowning achievement is in his writing of Marvels Bullpen and Stan’s Soapbox. These two columns made Marvel fans feel like they were part of something bigger. He put personalities to names you only ever saw on the credits page. The Marvel offices were like a private club only the cool people knew about. Though it was probably far from the case you felt if you arrived unannounced at the Marvel offices because you were a fan who read the Bullpen you would be warmly received, trading jokes and swapping ideas with your favourite creators. It shouldn’t be forgotten that Stan grafted to get to where he got in the comics industry.
Office errand boy came before writer and editor. Lee even served his country during WWII. There is no escape from the controversies surrounding creator ownership he faced later in life. But I want to end talking about Lee’s quality as a story teller. My favourite story about Stan Lee is perhaps the most important. He wrote Fantastic Four #1 his way. There was no compromise. He wanted to tell his story his way. If nobody liked it he would walk away from comics. His way turned out to be the right way and comics history was changed forever. I only have to say one phrase to best encompass Lee’s beauty and brilliance as a story teller. That is; “This Man, This Monster” the title of Fantastic Four #51. To many comic fans and creators alike the origin of Spider-Man scripted in Amazing Fantasy #15 is seen as the quintessential superhero origin comic. There was the family soap opera offset with the sci-fi adventures of The Fantastic Four and the juxtaposition of the X-Men protecting a world that hates and fears them. Marvel comics gained a strong fan base thanks in large to Stan Lee’s idea of having theses stories of super heroics be set in ‘the world outside your window’. This help ground everything in a world the readers would easily recognise it upped how appealing this stories would be to readers. Stan took this idea and ran with it and soon all his creations were interacting with each other in the big apple. This simple yet effective idea laid the ground work for what would become the hugely successful MCU. Next year when the credits roll on Avengers 4 there will be a quiet moment of reflection for the man who made it all possible.
Rest In Peace Stan Lee
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