As it must to us all

It’s been announced today that Stanley Martin Lieber, known to anyone interested in comics as Stan Lee has died, aged 95. Lee’s career has been one of tremendous popularity, and no little controversy over where the credit for seminal stories created with the likes of Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko truly lies, but this is not the time or place for arguments. The very least that can be said for Lee is that he created a writing style that was individual and influential, and perfect for the Marvel Revolution of the Sixties, and for that alone he deserves his place in history.

Comics writers and artists tend to live a long time, so 95 comes as no surprise. And Lee was the last of them, the giants. The world is much less colourful for his passing.

2 thoughts on “As it must to us all

  1. You’re quite right, Stan Lee helped to put Marvel Comics on the map. Although I’ve always been more of a DC fan, I do remember when Spider-Man started, and being intrigued by the fact that Peter Parker had all those problems around his nerdy image, and his lack of finances etc. It was the first time that it had occurred to me that even super-heroes had need of a job, to put food on the table.

    Not only did Stan Lee make his mark on Marvel, he indirectly made it on DC Comics. The explosion of popularity of the Marvel characters, all with their own problems, made DC realise that most of their characters were pretty shallow in comparison. I’ve noticed this most in the stories of the Legion of Super Heroes. I’m sure it’s no coincidence that it was the mid-’60s that the Legion stories began livening up their emotions, and introducing us to some of the background problems that some of the members had.

  2. That also is true. The big question, which will never be settled, is how much of that was pure Stan Lee and how much the interaction of Lee/Kirby, Lee/Ditko etc.

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