“Excelsior!”: RIP to Marvel Comic Legend, Stan Lee

This week, the comic book world lost a legend. You can’t think of Marvel comics without immediately thinking about Stan Lee – the lead visionary who played a massive role in growing Marvel comics into what it is today. Along with game-changing artists like Jack Kirby, Steve Ditko, Don Heck, Gene Colan, and John Romita, Stan Lee was involved in conceiving an entire shared universe of humanized characters and stories, but also built a connection with fans on a personal level from comic con appearances, to the “Stan’s Soapbox” section he introduced in comics. The characters and stories Stan Lee worked on bringing into the world have inspired kids and budding comic artists for generations past and generations to come.

We wanted to share some tributes that a few of the comic book creatives in our Artist Shop community have posted about Stan. Check them out below. And Stan? Thank you for the stories. Excelsior!

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An old pal of mine back at the comic shop I worked at, a guy who could have given two fucks about most things, stood in line at SDCC and got his book signed and had the biggest damn smile when he came back -because, as he said, “Come on, it’s fucking Stan Lee!” One of my favorite things being at comic conventions over the years was talking to folks who were going to meet Stan Lee for the first time. It was always the highlight of their show. Even if it was only for a few seconds it was a lasting memory to be treasured. Regardless of the complicated history (to put it VERY lightly) he leaves behind, I’m still pretty bummed I never got a chance to meet ‘The Man’ in person, if even for a moment. Because come on, it’s fucking Stan Lee!

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Los Angeles Times today. Full article as an illustrated tribute to the one and only Stan The Man – by Butcher Billy. @latimes

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Featured image comic panel is from Stan Lee Meets Spider-Man. Sources include Marvel and Laughing Place.

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Carlyn Hill

Dad joke aficionado, cartoonist, & contributor for sites like HelloGiggles and The Mary Sue by night. When I'm not writing or drawing, you can find me in my cave of a room hanging out with my boyfriend, Netflix.