Social media erupted with an overwhelming outpouring of love, fond memories, and personal stories all honoring the culture-defining life and career of Marvel comics titan Stan Lee, who passed away on Monday.
Everyone from big-dreaming fans to the writers, directors, and actors who’ve shaped (or simply been influenced by) his comic book creations for the big screen shared their thoughts in early reactions to news that Lee, who co-created Spider-Man with Steve Ditko and helmed the budding Marvel Comics imprint from its earliest days under publisher Martin Goodman, had died at the age of 95.
The love came from every corner, and it came in a torrent:
As you can see, Lee’s influence on generation after generation of fans and creators transcended age, social boundaries, genre preferences, and loyalties to any particular comics or movie universe.
Marvel Comics issued its own statement as well, noting that “[w]hen something mattered to Stan, you felt it in his words, whether in an editorial or in the stories themselves. With passion for the medium, he helped refine and reform the Comics Code Authority and addressed hot-button issues like discrimination, drugs, and intolerance…Marvel and the entire The Walt Disney Company salute the life and career of Stan Lee and offer their undying gratitude for his unmatchable accomplishments within their halls. Every time you open a Marvel comic, Stan will be there.”
Bob Iger, CEO of Marvel parent company Disney, added that Lee himself “was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect. The scale of his imagination was only exceeded by the size of his heart.”
Yes, he may be gone — but for years and years to come, we’re all but guaranteed countless new characters, stories, and memorable moments from the untold number of creative minds that’ve been inspired, uplifted, and unleashed…all thanks to Stan the Man.