RIP, Mr. Lee

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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

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