When a hero passes away it never fails to hurt. Tonight it hurt just that little bit more. If you haven’t heard the news, iconic Marvel Comics creator, Stan Lee, has passed away aged 95.
Lee – who was born Stanley Lieber back on December 28th, 1922 – had been responsible for some of the biggest names in the history of superhero comics, including Spider-Man, Groot, Black Panther, and the X-Men, but more than that he had a hand in sculpting the minds of generations of children that he fondly referred to as his “True believers”. I count myself in that number.
Stan Lee taught me that there was absolutely no limit to my creativity and that if I put my mind to it there was nothing I couldn’t achieve – even if it did involve me wearing knock-off superhero costumes that were way too tight and showed way too much. Like many of you reading this, Stan Lee told me to believe in the fantastic, and to understand that with great power, came great responsibility. I can honestly say I have taken this mantra into my adult life and think of it often.
Thank you Stan. Thank you for the universe you created and for the memories we will hold on to forever. As your characters live on, we will miss you immensely.
And now, until we meet again, may the blessings of Asgard be showered upon you. Heimdall, open the Bifrost – our favourite Avenger is coming home.
Excelsior and goodnight.