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By now most people will have seen the news that yesterday we lost comics legend Stan Lee at the age of 95. Lee was more then just a writer of comics, more then just a faceless publisher. He was 'The Man'... 'Mr Comics'... and his early work co-creating Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, The Hulk, Doctor Strange, Black Panther and many others changed comics, and eventually the world of entertainment itself. The stories he helped create, and possibly more importantly the way he chose to tell those stories, have effected generations of fans from youngsters just learning to read for themselves - me, age eight, when my father bought me my first Marvel book to keep me quiet while waiting at an airport -  to adults, still me, who still read comics for the simple escapism and enjoyment of the fantastic, the strange, the bizarre, the super... and the limitless options the format provides for storytelling.

Lee, along with his many colaborators, brought to the comics world the sense that these mighty heroes were not perfect. They had normal every day problems with school, home, family, love and loss like everyone else. Peter Parker could be out saving the world one minute, and getting in trouble with school bully the next - and it was often their none-super stories that were the most engaging. You tuned in next month as often to see where their relationships with each other would go as for the villain of the month. His stories showed that things didn't always go the way you planned, but trying to do the right thing was more important then anything - 'With great power comes great responsibility'. Something our "leaders" today could learn much from.

By the time Marvel published 'Marvel Premier 50' Stan had long moved from being a writer to simply being 'Stan Lee', the most famous face in the comics industry. He appeared on TV, in magazines, and every convention going, always promoting himself, and the company with his larger then life character, and such was the respect for him that even decades after he ceased to be directly related to Marvel, directors and producers still reached out to him to make cameos in all the big blockbusting marvel movies, something he appeared to relish.

While his passing is not that unexpected, it still leaves a hole that can never be filled. There will only ever be one Stan 'The Man' Lee. Excelsior!

Alice Cooper posted the following:
"Apart from being a hero in the comic world, Stan was so much fun to be around.  He had a regal air about him.  He was gracious to his fans too - he knew who he was to people and seemed to love every minute of it.  Of course MY absolute favorite thing about Stan Lee is that when Marvel drew me for my comic book, he made sure I had great abs. Thanks for that Stan!"

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Posted on 13 Nov 2018 by SickthingsUK

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