RIP, Mr. Lee
Stan Lee has died. He was loved by all—well, maybe not so much by Spider-Man co-creator Steve Ditko, who felt a bit smothered by him.
Clearly he was one of those people you wished you knew, or would have loved to meet. I learned that Spidey’s Mary Jane was based on his own wife, who died just last year.
Stan Lee believed in portraying flawed people in a flawed world; people you could still love.
He was wordy and loved a love story – writing them, too – but found his niche with super heroes.
In 1945, K.D. Salinger’s The Catcher in the Rye made waves as a novel whose star character was a flawed boy.
With Stan Lee starting to work at what would become Marvel at 18 years old, and taking on writing chores years before 1945 with flawed super heroes, one could guess Lee may have influenced Salinger and not the other way around.
At one point in the 1950s, Stan Lee was the only employee left at Marvel. He had a master plan and built a dynasty rivalling DC Comics to this very day. Raven P. Van Leishout Cornwall