There comes a time when you have to start saying goodbye to those who have touched your life in some way — and so it is that time for Stan Lee. It’s rare for a person to have touched the lives of so many generations but in the case of Stan Lee, he’s likely had some influence on kids since the 1960s. That means there are grandparents and grandchildren who share a common bond of superheroes and comic books — thanks to Stan Lee.
On Marvel’s website they pay tribute to the legend and he’s quoted as saying:
“I used to be embarrassed because I was just a comic book writer while other people were building bridges or going on to medical careers. And then I began to realize: entertainment is one of the most important things in people’s lives. Without it, they might go off the deep end. I feel that if you’re able to entertain, you’re doing a good thing.”
Stan Lee did do a good thing. He created characters and worlds that opened up imagination. He was the catalyst for hundreds of budding artists and storytellers to break through their shells and pour out their gifts for the world to see and read.
I still remember rushing to the TV on Saturday mornings to watch the (now hokey) Spider-Man cartoon show. I remember my two older brothers carting me along to the comic book store where we’d spend hours looking at books and eventually sorting them down to what we could afford. Most often those books we picked were from Marvel and the characters were created by Stan Lee.
Bob Iger, Chairman and CEO of Disney said:
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart,”
I couldn’t agree with Iger more. Stan Lee was such a superhero and such a mainstay in the hearts and minds of comic book fans that he has been given cameo appearances in many, if not all, the Marvel films. It was just a way for those creators to acknowledge the man who brought the love of the medium into their own hearts.
I could ramble on for pages about my life with comic books and how Stan was a part of that, but I won’t. Goodbye Stan Lee and thank you… ‘