Though Stan Lee wrote a series of stories on the likes of Batman, Superman, and Wonder Woman in the early 2000s, the greater mark that the late comic book creator left on DC was undoubtedly through the influence of his work with Marvel. Either way, it’s easy to see why the company would feel a debt of gratitude to the man who helped make the superhero genre what it is today, and in the latest issue of The Hollywood Reporter, DC showed their appreciation for Lee and his legacy with their own full-page poster.
The image consists of an assortment of photos of the legendary writer – the best being a pic of Lee reading Superman next to a Clark Kent mannequin that’s reading Spider-Man – along with the following text:
“DC mourns the loss of our treasured friend and comicbook visionary Stan Lee
Stan’s greatest legacy of all may be that he made even the smallest of us feel like heroes.
This poster is just one of several published in the new THR, with Disney, Fox, and Sony also offering their thanks for the characters he created, along with a message from Marvel Productions’ President Margaret Loesch and a tribute signed off by the original six stars of 2012’s The Avengers.
Of course, the internet has already offered countless more tributes, including one from Aquaman‘s own Jason Momoa, who shared a video of himself with Lee, as well as a few words praising the figure as “a beautiful man.” The company’s Twitter account, meanwhile, reflected on the writer’s importance in comic book history:
“He changed the way we look at heroes, and modern comics will always bear his indelible mark. His infectious enthusiasm reminded us why we all fell in love with these stories in the first place. Excelsior, Stan.”
Though the Marvel-DC rivalry will surely rage on between the fans, Stan Lee remains a figure who earns respect from both sides of the divide, and as the DCEU works to recreate the success of Marvel’s cinematic universe model, it’s clear that the man’s legacy will continue to evolve and expand beyond his own brand.