Stan and Joan Lee Were Married For 69 Years

The Comic Book world is mourning the loss of Stan Lee’s beloved wife and best friend of 70 years, Joan Lee, after the Lee family confirmed through a statement published by The Hollywood Reporter, “the sad news that Joan Lee passed away quietly (on Thursday), surrounded by her family.”

The love and support came immediately from fans and both the Comic Book and film industry alike. Marvel released it’s own statement saying, “We are so saddened to hear about the loss of Joan Lee… Our thoughts and prayers go out to Stan and his daughter Joan in this difficult time.”

Many more reacted across social media:







Rest in Peace #JoanLee, beloved wife of @therealstanlee. Back in January, I got to interview this amazing woman for a @legionmofficial VR look-back at Stan's career. I'll never forget the moment she said "It's always Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Spider-Man. They don't know the amazing writer he really is." She then talked about the words her longtime love had written for her over a lifetime spent together. There's a very famous story about Stan wanting to leave @marvel, in which Joan advises him "Before you quit, write a comic you're proud of." That comic was #fantasticfour – the birth of the #marvel Universe. He told us tales of heroes but Joan was Stan's personal superhero – and without her, we never get our modern mythology. They say behind every great man is a great woman. In this case, the great woman was always standing right beside him. Joan and Stan were best friends for 70 years. My heart goes out to my hero Stan, his daughter JC, their right hand Max and anyone who ever met Joanie. Thank you, Marvel Muse. We'll miss you, Madame Web. #StanLee #KevinSmith

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As Kevin Smith wrote in his tribute to “Joanie”- as Stan Lee lovingly called her – Joan was largely responsible for saving the Marvel universe we all know today by encouraging Stan to write one last Comic Book that he could be proud of, before he was to quit. That book turned out to be the Fantastic Four, which went on to launch the entire Marvel Universe we know and love today.

In an interview just released by Marvel, Stan Lee warmly tells this story himself:

We all know to watch for Stan Lee to appear at least once in every Marvel film, but Joanie made several appearance herself, including in the recent X-Men: Age of Apocalypse.

A representative from Stan Lee’s POW Entertainment posted a message of gratitude for the support yesterday afternoon:

From us here at Variant, we want to send Stan Lee and the whole family our love and support. May you Rest in Peace, Joanie Lee. You will be greatly missed. Thank you for everything.


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