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Fans Remember The Great Stan Lee: 1922 – 2018

Stan Lee

On Monday, the world lost one of the most influential creative minds of the last half century. Comic book writer and Marvel creator Stan Lee passed away at age 95, leaving behind a legacy of superhero characters that went on to revolutionize comic books, films, TV shows, Broadway, and more. He also inspired millions of people around the world to celebrate otherness and find their inner superheroes.

Starting his career in comics in 1939 as an assistant at Timely Comics, Lee went on to create his own characters in response to the success of DC. Showcasing for the first time superheroes that were flawed and imperfect, Lee and Jack Kirby created The Fantastic Four with Hulk, Thor, Iron Man, X-Men and Spider-Man to follow. Focusing on inclusivity and featuring characters with different abilities, races, and genders, Lee broke the mould in the comic world and created a safe space for millions of readers to see themselves in comic strips. Just this year alone, Lee’s Black Panther dominated the box office and broke down racial barriers on the big screen.

Always willing to snap a photo or share some words of encouragement with fans, Lee was famous for making cameos in all his films (check out some of his best MCU cameos here). Following the news of Lee’s passing, fans from around the world took to social media to mourn the brilliant and prolific Marvel writer, including many famous faces.

The cast of The Big Bang Theory, including actor Kaley Cuoco, remembered Lee on their social media pages.

Samuel L. Jackson remembers Lee as being gracious to everyone.

Chris Hemsworth shared a fun moment with Lee in Thor gear.

Jamie Lee Curtis remembered Lee with a letter he wrote about ending racism.

Rock royalty honoured comic book royalty.

The Wasp aka Evangeline Lilly shared a picture with Lee.

The US Army thanked Lee for his three years of service during WWII.

Chris Pratt shared a picture of himself next to Lee.

Hugh Jackman counts himself as one of the lucky people who got to be a part of Lee’s legacy.

Spider-Man actor Tom Holland called Lee ‘the father of Marvel.’

Captain America Chris Evans tweeted a beautiful tribute to Lee, crediting him with providing “…adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy.”

Quicksilver Aaron Taylor-Johnson shared pictures with Lee from the red carpet premiere of Avengers.

 

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The Legend! #stanlee ..very blessed to have known you.. thank you for all the hero’s you assembled and gifted us…

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Ryan Reynolds kept his message short and sweet.

 

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Thanks for everything, Stan.

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Jimmy Kimmel shared a childhood drawing he made of the comic book hero, which he presented to Lee three decades later.

Canadian comedian Russell Peters shared a touching video of Lee taking the time to send a birthday message to Peters’ nephew.

 

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RIP Stan Lee… He was a kind man and kind enough to have sent this video to my nephew on his birthday years ago…

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Seth Rogen celebrated Stan Lee for being someone who made people feel special for being different.

 

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Mark Ruffalo paid tribute to the man who gave him the opportunity to be the Hulk.

Karen Gillan, who played Nebula in Guardians of the Galaxy, thanked Stan for his brilliance.

 

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RIP Stan. Thank you for your brilliance.

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Dwayne Johnson said that Lee was someone who took the time to give him advice early in his career, with words that have stuck with the actor for years.

And life-long fan Kevin Smith wrote a beautiful tribute to Lee.

 

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This is how I’ll always see you, @therealstanlee: as our benevolent leader and king, smiling down from your eternal throne on the generations of imaginations you fed and inspired. You were the first creator whose voice I knew before I’d ever actually heard it. You dreamed up some of my favorite modern myths and created characters that instilled in me a moral barometer, teaching me right from wrong and showing me it’s always better to be a hero instead of a villain. Your characters represented us: yes, they had extraordinary, unbelievable abilities, but they were also reflections of a world we knew, where a Spider-Man is really just a boy who wants to help. You showed me how to interact with the audience whenever you stepped onto Stan’s Soapbox to reach out to the readers. You showed me how to advocate for my field beyond the actual art itself whenever you tub thumped for comic books outside of the medium. It was never enough for you to simply make a comic because you were a true salesman at heart. So you not only sold comics, you sold me *on* comics – so much so that I built a life and career around your dreams and ideals. When you did Mallrats with us, you not only made a lifelong fan’s dream come true, you also lent me comic book credibility that I still get to spend today. And whether it was for @comicbookmenamc or @yogahosers, whenever I asked to borrow your heat again, you were always there for me with a smile. Your love story with Joanie and your long, happy marriage always shined as an example of what I wanted for my personal life. I long admired (and emulated) your kindness and patience and sense of humor when dealing with your public. Outside of my parents, you were the one adult who gave me the most useful life skills I still use today. Thank you, Stan, for making me not only the boy I was but also the man I am today. You had great power and you always used it responsibly, fostering billions of dreamers who all know your name – a name written in the stars for all time. You were not just the literary titan of comic books, you were our modern day Mark Twain. I will miss you all my days, my friend and hero. Excelsior forevermore. #KevinSmith #StanLee

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