Set to take place at the Holiday Inn Express in Stony Brook (3131 Nesconset Highway) at 5 p.m. ET, the vigil was organized by the club's president Charlie Ziegler, who has the full participation of the hotel's president and Three Village Community Activist, John C. Tsunis. Those attending the event are encouraged to dress up as Lee's most iconic creations and bring their comic books and collectibles. They'll also be able to watch screenings of Marvel movies on all of the venue's televisions.
“Stan Lee was a member of the Long Island family and a major part of my childhood. I fondly remember reading his comic books and imagining Stan Lee’s creations. Today, this earth lost an icon, a legend, and millions of Americans and fans mourn his loss. He brought the superhero out in all of us,” said Ziegler.
Long Island, particularly the town of Hewlett Harbor, played an important part in Lee's life, as it was the place he lived between 1952 and 1980. During those years, he helped to create most of the Marvel characters that still endure today like Spider-Man, Thor, Iron Man, Doctor Strange, the Fantastic Four, and much, much more. In the early '80s, Lee moved to Los Angeles with his wife, but he would always be Stanley Martin Lieber, a New York native for life.
Lee passed away Monday at the age of 95 after being rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Hollywood. In the few short hours after his death, Lee was mourned by millions of fans, writers, artists, and celebrities on social media, who remembered their encounters with him over the years, while also thanking him for his monumental contributions to the world of comic books.
Known for his iconic catchphrase—"Excelsior!"—Lee remained an energetic face of the Marvel brand well into his 90s, nabbing a cameo in nearly every Marvel movie produced prior to his passing.