Marvel honors Stan Lee's wife Joan with a heartfelt tribute interview

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Jul 9, 2017, 3:12 PM EDT

Marvel's living legend Stan Lee lost his beloved wife, Joan, on Thursday, and condolences and support are pouring in from all over the world. Stan and Joan were married for nearly 70 years, a rare accomplishment few couples ever have the luxury to achieve or experience.

To mark the sad occasion, Marvel has decided to release an interview with Stan Lee being hosted by Marvel chief Joe Quesada, in which Lee details stories of how influential his wife was in the development of his comic book career and exactly how they first met. The segment was taped three months ago at the Paley Center for Media in California and was to be used as part of a larger presentation to be released later this year, but due to the sorrowful death of Joan at the age of 93, Marvel felt this was a better time to share.

Here's the official press release:

"On April 14, 2017 Joe Quesada, Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, sat down with Stan Lee at the Paley Center in Beverly Hills, Calif. The video below was originally planned to be part of a series from an event scheduled for release later this year. In remembrance of Joan Lee and her importance to Marvel and the history of comics as a whole, we felt it appropriate to release this now."