The Kenblog: Stan Lee – The Passing Of A Legend!
Howdy Folks! It’s The Kendog here with the sad news that Marvel Legend Stan Lee has passed at the age of 95! It’s fitting on this Veteran’s Day that we honor the legacy of a man who served his country with distinction during World War II before becoming one of the most prolific and iconic comic book writers of this or any other generation.
While there are going to be tons of articles eulogizing the man (and rightfully so) for his accomplishments on the comic page, I believe it’s the man’s indomitable spirit that carried him to the heights of greatness. Stan Lee was still doing cameos in the Marvel movies even as his health declined and the same energy was present in the most recent appearance (“Ant-Man And The Wasp”) as it was during the earlier years. He loved his fans and comic book lovers in general and he loved his work.
While he worked at Marvel, he (along with legendary artists such as Steve Dikto and Jack Kirby) created several comic book heroes (and villains) who would become legendary figures. Heroes such as Iron Man, The Fantastic Four, Spider-Man, The X-Men, and others differed from their straight-laced DC counterparts in that, for all their powers, these heroes had real-world problems and were relatable. Spider-Man, for example, gets these great powers but these abilities actually make his life harder instead of easier. It turns out that having the proportionate speed and strength of a spider doesn’t help you get a date for the senior prom.
In the 1970’s Lee would push past racial boundaries with characters such as Power Man, The Falcon, and of course, Black Panther. He fought tireless against the Comics Code against over-the-top censorship and led the fight to publish more mature stories in his comics.
Later in life he would become more of a spokesperson for Marvel and would become the signature figure when it came to cameo appearances in the now hugely successful Marvel Cinematic Universe. Starting in 1989’s “Trial of the Incredible Hulk” Lee has made over 40 appearances in various Marvel Movies.
Throughout his amazing life, Lee always had his soulmate and partner by his side. Joan Boocock Lee was married to Stan The Man for almost 70 years and when she passed in 2017, a lot of what made Lee tick went with her. Now, just over a year later, Lee and his wife can be reunited again, just as it should be. For anyone who read a Marvel Comic growing up or have visually feasted on the blockbuster movies inspired by those legendary stories, Stan Lee is a legend who will forever be missed. He may be gone but he will never be forgotten! So Sayeth The Kendog! (And, “Excelsior!” of course!)