Even when someone reaches the age of 95, their unfortunate passing comes as no less of a shock. I guess you could say that’s doubly true for a legend such as Stan Lee, whose contributions to the superhero genre will probably outlive us all. In fact, in the hours since news of his death broke, the internet has been flooded by tributes of all sorts from fans and celebrities alike.
Really, during his heyday, “The Man” pretty much owned the Silver Age when he had a hand in creating enduring characters such as Iron Man, Spider-Man, Daredevil, the Hulk, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four and Ant-Man. Actually, it’d probably take the remainder of the day to list each and every hero and villain born from the mind of Lee and collaborators such as Steve Ditko and Jack Kirby, but you get the idea.
Of course, such a rich pantheon has contributed to the endless debates regarding whether Marvel or DC is better than the other, but let’s be honest in saying they’re both great. Truth be told, whenever someone such as Stan provides dynamite material to Marvel, that forces DC to up its game as well. It’s that sort of friendly competition which has kept both publishers thriving for decades.
That said, DC Comics wasted little time in acknowledging Lee and his work via a statement posted on Twitter:
“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.”
Don’t forget, Stan Lee did indeed bat for the other team in a sense when he penned the Just Imagine tales for DC featuring his original takes on icons like Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, Green Lantern and the Flash. Not only that, but he also made a much talked about cameo in the recently released Teen Titans Go! To The Movies, thereby showing an incredible amount of humor and class.