On the one-year anniversary of comic book legend Stan Lee’s death, Marvel Entertainment posted a touching tribute to the legendary creator.
Marvel Studios posted the beautiful tribute artwork (created by Adam Kubert) to the icon on their Twitter page today, featuring a smiling Stan Lee surrounded by an array of familiar heroes including Spider-Man, the Fantastic Four, Hulk, She-Hulk, and the Black Panther. On the official Marvel Comics website, the company also posted a heartfelt tribute and video honoring Lee. Titled “Remembering Stan Lee,” the Marvel Comics tribute also includes links to stories about Lee’s life and career. As Marvel Comics wrote in its tribute, it’s impossible to overstate the influence Lee had on the comics industry, and thus, modern pop-culture itself.
Today, we mark one year since Stan’s passing. And while he’ll always live in the voice of Spider-Man, and Mister Fantastic, and the Thing, and the Invisible Woman, and the Human Torch, and Black Panther, and the Hulk, and Doctor Doom, and Thor, and Loki, and Ant-Man, and the Wasp, and Iron Man, and Daredevil, and Mary Jane Watson, and Doctor Octopus, and Doctor Strange, and the merry mutants, and an ever-lovin’ litany of other Marvel characters…it’s the spirit of Stan that endures above all.
The poppin’ positivity, the sincere Soapboxes, the rib-crackin’ quips—the heart that Stan put into every mighty Marvel mag—that’s what’ll reverberate across his Universe, and ours, forever.
Following his death, Stan Lee created one final superhero. His daughter, J.C. Lee, said she had been trying for years to collaborate with her father on a creative project, and the two had finally co-created a new superhero shortly before Stan’s passing. Dubbed “Dirt Man,” J.C. didn’t reveal exactly what the character’s superpowers were, but the name certainly has us intrigued. According to J.C., the two had been developing the backstory for the character together all the way up to his last weekend.
Lee always made it clear how much he truly appreciated the fans of his beloved franchises. Even the famous actors portraying his characters, from Black Panther’s Chadwick Boseman to the original six Avengers, posted emotional tributes to Lee after his passing. Sadly, the self-made legend who gave so much to others throughout his long life needed a hero of his own in his last days. Lee’s former manager was arrested after the comic book creator’s death on charges of elder abuse, accused of embezzling money from Lee as well as isolating him from his family. Lee also never got to see the culmination of the Infinity Saga, passing away before he got to see Avengers: Endgame.
Ultimately, Lee will forever be synonymous with comics greatness, and his legacy will live on for many years. To fans across the universe, Stan Lee will forever be the most legendary superhero of them all.