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:
— DC (@DCComics) July 7, 2017
Behind every great creator is an incredible partner. We are heartbroken by the passing of Joan Lee. Sending love to Stan Lee and her family. pic.twitter.com/ix6TWclMIE
— Wizard World (@WizardWorld) July 6, 2017
— Greg Pak (@gregpak) July 7, 2017
I am a hopeless romantic myself and I keep thinking of how wonderful it must be to spend nearly 70 years with the love of your life. My heart goes out to @therealstanlee on the passing of his wife, what an inspirational love story for us all! RIP Joan Lee. P.S. I love the lower right shot of the 2 of them from X-Men. I think its X-Men:Apocalypse!
Sending my sincerest condolences to @TheRealStanLee on the passing of Joan. All of your Avengers are holding you&your family in our prayers.
— Chadwick Boseman (@chadwickboseman) July 6, 2017
RIP Joan Lee, 93, beloved wife of Stan Lee since 1947. pic.twitter.com/axJsTaKVLf
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) July 6, 2017
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
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:
On behalf of Stan, thanks for the heartfelt condolences.He is well and truly appreciates the outpouring of love for Joan.-POW! Entertainment pic.twitter.com/AhtKjXWfvX
— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) July 7, 2017
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.