For once, this isn’t like the comics, we can’t bring this hero back.
Stan Lee is dead. Stan was one of the most powerful creative forces in comics! He ushered in a new age of comics. He was instrumental in making comics more relatable and believable. He created characters with flaws, imperfections, and real-world problems. Prior to Stan’s creative onslaught of the early 1960’s, comic book characters were perfect, boringly perfect. There should be an asterisk with notes in pop culture history saying Stan Lee started here. After Stan, you could see yourself in the young nerdy hero of the story. Geeks and outsiders had a place to call home and it was Stan’s world.
He co-created the Fantastic Four, Spider-man, the Hulk, Doctor Strange, Daredevil, Black Panther, the X-men, Ant-man, Iron Man and Thor. Maybe you’ve heard of them in comics, television, toys, games, statues and blockbuster movies. How can we even quantify the influence this one man had on pop culture?
Up until 1972 he was a writer, then he became a publisher, then he became a movie star, one cameo at a time. So depending on your age you see this man differently. Regardless of how you see him, he brought so much to our hobby and life.
In a world filled with superlatives, they are lacking when it comes to Stan. Although he was never lacking in superlatives with his writing style. Every boring noun had some wonderful, fantastic, sizzling adjective in front of it.
Stan Lee is gone but as the movie Big Fish says,
“A man tells his stories so many times that he becomes the stories And in that way he becomes immortal.”
To the immortal Stan Lee, thanks for the memories!
by Ron Cloer