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Bill Maher shrugs off the backlash over his comments on the legacy of Stan Lee

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Nov 21, 2018, 3:58 PM EST

Talk show host Bill Maher has officially addressed the comments he made about comic books in the wake of Stan Lee's death.

Last night, Maher was a guest on Larry King Now when host Larry King brought up the backlash that resulted from his initial blog post, "Adulting," where he mocked fans mourning the loss of Lee while decrying comic books in general.

"I don't know very much about Stan Lee, and it certainly wasn't a swipe at Stan Lee," Maher began, before King interjected, telling him that he and the former Marvel Comics editor would've likely gotten along.

"Yeah, fine," Maher continued. "I am agnostic on Stan Lee. I don't read comic books. I didn't even read them when I was a child. What I was saying is, a culture that thinks that comic books and comic book movies are profound meditations on the human condition is a dumb f*cking culture. And for people to get mad at that just proves my point."

It appears that Maher has decided to double down on his criticism of comic books and comic book fans. Interestingly, his remarks about not reading comic books as a child contradicts his initial blog post, where he said he "read them now and then when I was a kid."

After "Adulting" was posted over the weekend, several comic book creators weighed in on Twitter, refuting Maher's claims and defending their medium. Lee's own company, POW! Entertainment, posted an open letter earlier this week where they called Maher's comments "disgusting."

The host of Real Time also claimed to be unaware of any blowback over his initial blog post because he "doesn't follow every stupid thing people lose their shit about" online.

(via The Hollywood Reporter)