It is with heavy hearts that we regretfully relay the news that Stan Lee has passed. Stan was 95 with reported health issues including hearing loss, loss of vision and fights with pneumonia. Stan Lee was a co-founder of Marvel Comics and created many heroes loved the world over, instantly recognizable even by people who aren’t fans of the comics or the movies. There’s no escaping Stan Lee’s influence on the world he leaves behind.
According to TMZ, an ambulance was called to Stan’s home where he was then rushed to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, where he died. His daughter, J.C., tells TMZ, “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”
Stan Lee is credited with co-creating Marvel properties like Spider-Man, X-Men, The Avengers, Fantastic Four, and much more. Beyond creating the comic book heroes generations of fans would come to know and love, Stan became an icon himself. He attended conventions up to the year of his death, taking pictures and writing autographs for fans of every age. Stan was outspoken about his beliefs against bigotry, inequality, and discrimination. He used his platform to stand up for those who didn’t have the platform to stand for themselves, just as the heroes he created and wrote for would.
Stan Lee had a cameo in every Marvel Studios movie and it’s been reported that they’ve filmed ahead for future movie cameos, so it’s likely we’ll see Stan on the big screen after his passing.
Stan’s last few years have been mired in controversy with rumors, allegations, and legal issues with people allegedly close to Stan. In a recent article from The Daily Beast, Stan and his daughter broke their silence on the issues, calling out those who had betrayed Stan. Stan assured the press and readers that he and his daughter’s relationship had never been better, and she was taking good care of him. J.C. admitted that his health issues could be frustrating, a man so stubborn and opinionated as Stan with hearing issues meant for a lot of butting heads, but Stan felt safe and taken care of.
Stan’s personality rocketed him to celebrity status among comic book fans, and later fans of the Marvel Studios movies. Stan’s smile, his recognizable cry of “excelsior!”, his almost-uniform of green sweater and tan slacks, and is penchant for calling fans “true believers!” made Stan an iconic figure in pop culture that was much beloved by fans the world over. Stan spent his life champion comic books, comic book fans, and the underdog. While he could very much be a product of his time, Stan still pushed to be inclusive when creating characters, creating disabled heroes, the X-Men coming to be a metaphor for minorities and the disenfranchised.
Everyone at NerdBastards feels the passing of Stan Lee right to their heart. Stan Lee was akin to the godfather of comic books and nearly felt like an extended relative to many fans. Our thoughts go out to his daughter, J.C., as the next year will not be an easy one for her.
Stan is survived by his daughter, J.C. His wife of 69 years, Joan, died last year.
Rest in peace, Mr. Lee. And thank you for giving us all these amazing heroes and stories that will live on for generations to come.
– ‘Nuff Said