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Joan Lee, Stan's Wife of 69 Years, Passed Away At Age 95 (hollywoodreporter.com) 82

Reader McGruber writes: The Hollywood Reporter has the sad news that Joan Lee, the wife of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, died Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 95. In an earlier story, Stan described meeting Joan: "When I was young, there was one girl I drew; one body and face and hair. It was my idea of what a girl should be. The perfect woman. And when I got out of the Army, somebody, a cousin of mine, knew a model, a hat model at a place called Laden Hats. He said, 'Stan, there's this really pretty girl named Betty. I think you'd like her. She might like you. Why don't you go over and ask her to lunch.' Blah, blah, blah. "So I went up to this place. Betty didn't answer the door. But Joan answered, and she was the head model. I took one look at her -- and she was the girl I had been drawing all my life. And then I heard the English accent. And I'm a nut for English accents! She said, 'May I help you?' And I took a look at her, and I think I said something crazy like, 'I love you.' I don't remember exactly. But anyway, I took her to lunch. I never met Betty, the other girl. I think I proposed to [Joan] at lunch." After marrying, the couple returned to New York, where Lee worked at Marvel Comics forerunner Timely/Atlas Comics, a job he initially landed because his cousin Martin Goodman owned the company. Comics were a middling enterprise until Lee and Jack Kirby co-created the Fantastic Four in 1961 (followed by the Hulk, Avengers, Iron Man, X-Men and other characters) and turned the company, renamed Marvel Comics, into a pop culture powerhouse. In some versions of the origin of the Fantastic Four, Lee credits Joan with inspiring him. He was depressed about his career (Lee had dreams of becoming a serious novelist) and the state of comics (the industry in the 1950s was dominated by stories of war, science fiction and romance, genres he didn't like) and contemplated leaving the business. "Before you quit," Joan told him, "why don't you write one comic you are proud of?" And thus was born the Fantastic Four.

Joan Lee, Stan's Wife of 69 Years, Passed Away At Age 95

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  • I hate to say it but Stan has been sitting down in the last few cameos. Being married to someone for that long can usually means that the one left will decline rapidly. My granddad didn't last a month after my grandmother passed and they were married for 71 years.

    • Stan Lee had two cameos this year. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 and Spiderman - The Homecoming
  • May we all be so lucky

  • by Anonymous Coward

    When BSD died, I went through the five stages of grief. Ultimately I turned my will over to a higher power. I also planted a small tree to remember BSD by. Unfortunately it was killed a few years later by the pine beetle.

    I can't take any more death. I will throw some quarters into the fountain at the mall in memory of Stan's wife. They gather those coins up every Labor Day and donate them to Jerry's Kids. After I get home from the mall tonight I'm also going to watch Jerry "the spaz" Lewis in the original

  • my condolences, but news for nerds? do nerds actually like that spandex crime fighting fantasy garbage? i thought comic book fans were more in the loser or at least the dork spectrum

  • he still has more to offer, I know now he only does cameos but SuperHumans wasnt that long ago..
  • ... those must have been when you could meet the woman of your dreams like that and be together until death thou part.

    Nigh impossible with most ladies today.

    I envy him.

    • No, life wasn't better then.

      I (in this more modern day and age) have met the woman of my dreams.

      My grandparents who live in the age you're vaunting chose terribly and were thoroughly miserable until parted by severe illness, followed by death of one of them. Naturally being people of that age and generation, divorce wasn't really on the table even though it would have been of great benefit to them.

      Thing is if you weren't so clearly bitter about the ladies you want to be with, they might be more inclined to

      • In modern times, everyone feels like technology enables them to have "better options" than they really have.

        Instead of just walking up to a woman who strikes you as amazing, expressing that interest, and it potentially sparking a great relationship? Now you have to compete with all the "Hot or Not?" and Tindr type web sites that encourage you to just flip through hundreds of photos of people you might find physically attractive. You can potentially hook up with ANY of them with just the swipe of your finger

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