By Jen P
The geek world mourns today, as we say goodbye to a legend, Mr. Stan Lee. Born Stanley Martin Lieber, he used the name Stan Lee on his first comics, so that he could write “real” stories under his given name later in life. Turned out, he had such a unique take on his superheroes at the time– making them flawed and diverse– that he became the biggest name in the industry. He is best known for creating iconic Marvel characters like Spiderman and the X-Men, and for his cameo appearances in all of the modern films (currently as the Watcher in the Avengers series).
In July of 2017, Stan lost his wife of 70 years to complications with a stroke. He is survived by his daughter Joan, who is named after her.
September 2017, I had the great pleasure of meeting Stan at Dragon Con. I remember feeling super intimidated that I was about to meet a legend, and the moment he spoke in that familiar voice, I knew I was doing something incredibly rare and special. But despite my fears, he was such a nice guy and one of the kindest celebrities I’ve met to date.
Stan, you will be deeply missed by myself and the rest of the geek community.