(in which Lee declares, “I don’t care if it’s a DC movie. I love cameos!“)
Lee’s wife, Joan Lee, passed away in 2017 after almost 70 years of marriage, and Stan’s final year of life was sadly afflicted with ill health (in particular, a bad bout of pneumonia) and a growing public concern that he was being subjected to elder abuse by those close to him. Nonetheless, Lee continued to reach out to his fans, and as recently as a few months ago was still doing signings at conventions. In a statement about his death, J.C. Lee told TMZ, “My father loved all of his fans. He was the greatest, most decent man.”
The characters created by Lee and the stories that he told have played a formative role in the lives of several generations of comic book fans, and will continue to do so for many more decades to come. The Marvel Comics legend will be sorely missed by his friends, family, and legions of devoted fans.
R.I.P. Stan Lee: December 28, 1922 – November 12, 2018