If I’m going to write about the news that comic book legend Stan Lee has died, I may as well include a picture of Hulkbuster crotch.
Stan Lee, who I thought would live until the end of eternity, is now making his way to the great big Comic-Con in the afterworld after he died today in Los Angeles. Stan’s daughter tells TMZ that he was taken by ambulance from his home in the Hollywood Hills to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center this morning, and that’s where he died. He was 95 years old.
Stan Lee (born name: Stanley Martin Lieber) is one of the reasons why many actors can put their hands under their b-holes and fart out a $100 bill when paying for anything. He co-created iconic comics like Spider-Man, X-Men, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, Black Panther, The Fantastic Four, Daredevil, Iron Man, Thor and (insert the name of any comic my uneducated-in-comic-books-ass may have missed). Stan Lee was a major part of Marvel and at different points in his career, he was its editor-in-chief, publisher, chairman, and later chairman emeritus.
Stan, who was born and raised in Manhattan, started his comics career by working as an assistant at Timely Publications where he met the creators of Captain America, Joe Simon and Jack Kirby. Stan eventually wrote for the comics. When Joe and Jack left Timely, Stan was made interim editor of Timely Publications. He was only 19 at the time. Stan left comic books for a minute to enlist in the army during WWII, and he ended up writing in the Training Films Division. Once he was done with his military service in 1945, he returned to Timely Comics (which was renamed Atlas) and wrote for them a bit before creating the characters that would turn him into a nerd God.
In 1961, Stan teamed up with Jack Kirby to change the superhero archetype from perfect beings into flawed messes. They created the Fantastic Four, which was a huge hit. Atlas later changed its name to Marvel. From there, Stan co-birthed hit comic book character after hit comic book character. He stopped writing the comics in the early-70s to become the publisher of Marvel.
In his last days, Stan had gone through it. His former business associate was accused of committing elder abuse and stealing money from Stan, as well as stealing his blood to put into pens to sell to his fans. Stan later claimed in a video, shot by someone who was accused of stealing from him, that he wasn’t being abused. He also sued his business partners for $1 billion. On top of all that, a massage therapist claimed a few months ago that the “real-life superhero” was more of a villain when she filed a police report and a lawsuit against Stan Lee for sexual misconduct. His lawyer denied her story and screamed, “Shakedown.”
Stan’s wife of 70 years, Joan Lee, died in 2017. He is survived by his daughter J.C. Lee.
Stan has also made cameos in a zillion Marvel movies. If you watch a Marvel movie, there’s a good chance that Stan’s face will pop up at one point or another. So now that Stan Lee can’t do a cameo in another Marvel movie, I’m guessing that another Marvel movie will never be made again. Or they’ve already had a life-like Stan Lee animatronic built to do cameos. Or they’ll just CGI him in.
RIP Stan Lee.