When TMZ broke the news of comics legend and Marvel co-founder Stan Lee’s passing on Monday, the comics community and beyond shared their reactions to his death on social media.
Stan Lee was an icon and for many people, the face of comic books. His passing brings great sadness, but I take solace in knowing that what my grandfather, Stan and so many others like them gave us, will continue to inspire both young and old across the globe! RIP Stan. pic.twitter.com/b41IRBU3lY
— Jeremy Kirby (@jackkirbycomics) November 12, 2018
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.
— DC (@DCComics) November 12, 2018
“Stan Lee was as extraordinary as the characters he created. A super hero in his own right to Marvel fans around the world, Stan had the power to inspire, to entertain, and to connect." –Bob Igerhttps://t.co/pLTKx1R0dF pic.twitter.com/Uj9fqHpZXg
— Disney (@Disney) November 12, 2018
No writer or their work has ever had as profound an effect on my life as that of Stan "The Man" Lee. In the history of the written word, no one even comes close. His stories will live on for every generation. Never "The End". Always "To Be Continued…"
— Dan Slott (@DanSlott) November 12, 2018
My very first professional comics gig was a variant cover that Stan signed every copy of. Hell of a way to enter the industry. An industry that #StanLee shaped into what it is today. An industry I love. Thank you, Stan. You’ll never be forgotten. #RIPStanLee pic.twitter.com/n4fsC3YGMy
— Mitch Gerads (@MitchGerads) November 12, 2018
Thank you for everything, Mr. Lee. 💙❤️💛
— its big boy season (@mymonsterischic) November 12, 2018
Damn… RIP Stan. Thanks for everything. pic.twitter.com/TMAaDJSOhh
— Ryan Reynolds (@VancityReynolds) November 12, 2018
There will never be another Stan Lee. For decades he provided both young and old with adventure, escape, comfort, confidence, inspiration, strength, friendship and joy. He exuded love and kindness and will leave an indelible mark on so, so, so many lives. Excelsior!!
— Chris Evans (@ChrisEvans) November 12, 2018
Rest In Peace, Stan Lee :-( – such an inspiration to so many people. Changed the world as we know it.
— Jessica Henwick 🐒 (@JHenwick) November 12, 2018
— Tara Bennett (@TaraDBennett) November 12, 2018
No one has had more of an impact on my career and everything we do at Marvel Studios than Stan Lee. Stan leaves an extraordinary legacy that will outlive us all. Our thoughts are with his daughter, his family, and his millions of fans. #ThankYouStan #Excelsior!
— Kevin Feige (@Kevfeige) November 12, 2018
Stan IS immortal. In his characters he will outlive every single one of us. https://t.co/WpE065QPgi
— DONNY CATES (@Doncates) November 12, 2018
Stan Lee may be known as a creator, but I think people forget how good he was as a superhero hype man. He talked with the excited energy of someone running into a diner after seeing Spider-Man swing by overhead. He sounded like he had all the secrets and couldn't wait to share.
— Mike Drucker (@MikeDrucker) November 12, 2018
Goodnight Stan pic.twitter.com/XQzNnUtAeM
— Scott Derrickson (@scottderrickson) November 12, 2018
Excelsior. RIP to a legend.
— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) November 12, 2018
Not enough kind words to post about my dear friend @TheRealStanLee
My life wouldn’t be the same without his incredible talent as a creator, storyteller and friend 👍🏽
— Lou Ferrigno (@LouFerrigno) November 12, 2018
He lives forever through his work. What a giant.
With great power comes immortality. 💔💔💔 pic.twitter.com/t395qw9H0L
— Lin-Manuel Miranda (@Lin_Manuel) November 12, 2018
This is actually fucking me up a lot more than I expected. Stan Lee’s writing and speaking voice has been in my head for almost my entire life. And the more I learned about Marvel history, the more fascinating he became as a figure.
— Evan Narcisse (@EvNarc) November 12, 2018
I’m glad we met @therealstanlee @marvel means so much to me and Panda. Getting choked up talking to her about it and I will lose my shit if he turns to dust at the end of avengers 4… https://t.co/R4a4t86Xpb
— Kimya Dawson (@mrskimyadawson) November 12, 2018
I was first interviewed for Stan Lee's obituary about 20 years ago. I was happy he defied the reaper and carried on. With Stan gone, an era really does come to an end. He was the happy huckster that comics needed. And he really did alliterate like that when you talked to him.
— Neil Gaiman (@neilhimself) November 12, 2018
I am so grateful to have known and worked with this man, even briefly, over the years. He quite literally changed the landscape of entertainment forever. The term “Legend” seems to get… https://t.co/gkqJ8g8fxP
— Zachary Levi (@ZacharyLevi) November 12, 2018
— Fake Stan Lee (@TheFakeStanLee) November 12, 2018
— Marc Bernardin (@marcbernardin) November 12, 2018
Stan. The Man. pic.twitter.com/9Dnu3sKj95
— Lee Grice 💬 (@LovelyLee_G) November 12, 2018
You were a lot of things to a lot of different people but, to me, you'll always be the face I look for in every Marvel movie. I'm devastated to hear you've left us but, as long as Marvel lives on, you'll never truly be gone. RIP Watcher…I hope we all make you proud ❤ #StanLee pic.twitter.com/ol5e7B7NQz
— Samantha Stone (@samjayne7755) November 12, 2018
— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) November 12, 2018
Really, honestly, totally gutted. 😔 Yes, Stan was 95 but he was responsible for so much of what I loved as a child and still love today. Rest easy, King of the True Believers. You brought us a universe that will never die. #StanLee https://t.co/mBTkrFSy9w
— Simon Pratchett (@Say10Simon) November 12, 2018
I don’t want a life as exciting as Stan Lee’s, I just wanna live as excited as Stan Lee
— Josh Raby (@JoshRaby) November 12, 2018
R.I.P. Stan Lee. We have lost a Titan of Creativity and Industry. These are my last photos with Stan, taken in August. I was summoned by The Man, he wanted a friendly face, a change of… https://t.co/R97cWaFjD7
— robertliefeld (@robertliefeld) November 12, 2018
At different times in their respective childhoods,#StanLee and @LenWein lived in the same apartment building in the Bronx. They had a long association & Len enjoyed playing in Stan’s sandbox. Len was very fond of Stan. #RIPStanLee
— Christine Valada, J.D. (@mcvalada) November 12, 2018
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Simply gutted and damned heartbroken to hear about the passing of Stan Lee. He’s had as much of an impact on my life as anyone. I started reading comics when I was very young and I’ve never stopped. The characters, the worlds, the universes that Stan helped create brought joy and entertainment to myself and millions of others all around this planet. Thank you for everything Stan! You’re a true Icon. 😞
Samantha Puc is an essayist and culture critic whose work has been featured on Bustle, The Mary Sue, SheKnows, The Tempest, Rogues Portal, and elsewhere. She mostly writes intersectional pop culture analysis with a particular focus on representation of LGBTQ and fat characters in fiction. Samantha is also the co-creator of Fatventure Mag, an outdoors zine for fat women and non-binary creators who are into being active, but not into toxic weight-loss culture. She lives in Rhode Island with her spouse and cats.