Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee has passed away, He lived a long and unimaginable life and it was just his time. He’s left an astonishing legacy of characters, stories, and fun movie cameos behind for the fans to cherish him by.
I’ve been a fan of Stan Lee ever since I was acquainted with his comics as a kid. As you know, he is the creator of many characters many of which I liked and motivated me in my life. The power Lee and the characters that he and the Marvel creative team produced were a huge part in me growing the geeky fanboy that I am now.
Of all the characters that he created, though, it was Spider-Man that I loved the most. He is the character that had the most impact on my life. He was a character that I was able to really relate to and the one that I always wanted to be when I grew up.
In 2014, Lee told the Chicago Tribune, “I used to think what I did was not very important. People are building bridges and engaging in medical research, and here I was doing stories about fictional people who do extraordinary, crazy things and wear costumes. But I suppose I have come to realize that entertainment is not easily dismissed.”
Not only that, but these characters and stories meant so much to people! He helped spark the imagination in kids and inspired so many of them to grow up to be creative storytellers and artists. There are a lot of kids who grew up reading Marvel Comics that ended up becoming great artists, storytellers, and filmmakers that we have today! Lee was such a huge influence in their lives and mine!
His characters weren’t absolute. They were superheroes, but Lee taught us that even superheroes have to deal with real life problems, had depression, anxiety, and relationship issues. These characters and stories helped teach us about what it’s like to be human. Sure, he did it in cool colorful comic book form, but there were life lessons and substance there for us to grab onto and relate to.
I just want to give Stan Lee an “Excelsior!” shout out. We love you Stan!