Friends, as most of learned earlier today we have lost the iconic Stan Lee – a passing that seems to have certainly affected many us, judging by the messages and memories shared on social media today. As most of you know, I happen to be a night auditor – that’s my ‘real’ job when I’m not working at the arcade – so waking up to the news of Lee’s passing hit me pretty hard to say the least. I don’t mind sharing with you that I took a few minutes to myself with tears welling up – because Stan Lee was definitely one of the reasons I became a fan of comic books. While as I’ve shared in the past I first followed many of the titles being published by DC Comics, I did eventually become a Marvel Zombie, much of that was thanks to Lee who acted as the host to those wonderful 80’s animated series Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends as well as The Incredible Hulk!
That warm and welcoming voice from those animated shows was one of the things that I think was carried over from the majority of his Stan’s Soapbox columns. Published in Marvel Comics books from 1965 until 2001 – although Stan Lee wasn’t able to go into quite as much detail in his thoughts on civil rights in those opening few seconds of the animated series as he did in the likes of this 1968 column.
Powerful feelings and important words obviously – even 50 years later it appears we still sadly need to be reminded of this. This wasn’t the only time either that Lee would tackle such issues whether that be in his column or in the books themselves. As sad as I am at the passing of Lee – he truly did leave us with a stunning amount of entertainment as his legacy. Stan Lee of course co-created the likes of Dr. Strange, the Hulk, the Silver Surfer, the X-Men, Black Panther, Daredevil, Fantastic Four, as well as Spider-Man.
In addition, working with his younger brother Lawrence ‘Larry’ Lieber, Lee had a hand in co-creating Thor, Ant-Man, and of course Iron Man to name a few.
Stan Lee wore many hats in his days at Marvel from editor, writer, art-director, publisher and producer and eventually the spokesman for the company itself. A talented and good-natured showman is how I will always think of Lee – that and the fact he appreciated the fans of the characters he helped to create so very much. Which is why his numerous cameos in Marvel related films has always been such a joy – it gave him the opportunity to continue to have fun with those very characters…even in LEGO form!
Stan Lee will be missed but yet again he and his co-creators left us with an amazing amount of entertainment. Even when he was poking fun at himself, like in The Simpsons!
[Via] Dr. Rockso 1987
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