As many of you may know, Stanley Martin Lieber, better known as Stan Lee, the father of Marvel Comics, passed away yesterday at the age of 95. Even in reading those words for the billionth time, they still don’t feel real. Stan Lee was, among many other things, a hero. He was an entertainment titan, responsible for the creation of a myth and characters that bring me and so many others such constant joy and hope. He was a trailblazer, who paved the way for an unprecedented movement like none other, and is the man who made geek culture what it is today. He was an advocate, who pushed for inclusion and tolerance in a time where no one wanted to see either succeed. A great many of us quite simply owe our livelihoods to Stan Lee. I owe my life to Stan Lee.
Our time on this little floating rock of ours is pretty finite. Death, inevitably, is coming for us all one day. But it’s through the examples of someone like Stan that we realize it doesn’t take death to be larger than life. There will truly never be another Stan Lee. The impact that Stan had on this world has reverberated throughout the cosmos, and will continue to do so, all the way from New York to Latveria, and from Wakanda all the way to Asgard. The spirit of Stan Lee will live forever, in the hearts of the legions of fans who love and mourn him, in the pages of comic books everywhere, and through the anodes of creativity that he will continue to inspire for generations to come.
This isn’t goodbye forever, it’s just goodbye for now. We can still feel you among us, and will continue to spread your passion for entertainment and heroism for as long as we live. From all of us True Believers, thank you, Stan. Thank you, Stan “The Man”, for giving us all a place in this universe, where we never originally felt that we belonged. Thank you, Generalissimo, for giving us these characters and stories and ideas that we’ll carry for the rest of our lives. Thank you for inspiring heroism and goodness in your stories, and showing us that good really can overcome evil. You will forever and always be our hero.
Thank you for giving a shy, timid, loser kid the strength to believe in himself, and to realize that what made him different was what made him special. Thank you, Mr. Lee, for everything.