Funko's lovely Stan Lee tribute

If the Captain Marvel opening credits didn't tug your heartstrings enough, perhaps this marvelous Stan Lee Funko Pop will satisfy.

The only autograph I ever asked a celebrity for was Stan Lee. "Excelsior, Jason! Stan Lee" is on a 3x5 card around here someplace.

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Watch: Stan Lee on "To Tell The Truth" game show (1970)

Here's Stan Lee on a 1970 episode of To Tell The Truth, a fun game show where a panel of celebrities had to identify an individual with an unusual profession (in this case, comic book creator) among a group of impostors.

Excelsior!

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Artist Drew Friedman remembers Stan Lee: "a complex man"

Portrait artist extraordinaire Drew Friedman worked as an intern for Marvel boss Stan Lee, and went on to draw Lee's likeness many times. On his blog, Drew remembers Lee:

Stan Lee (1922-2018), Born Stanley Martin Lieber, was a complex man. He was both worshiped and vilified, and has been described as a tireless and shameless celebrity spokesman for Marvel comics. He was an imperious comics writer and editor, a persistent self-promoter, and a credit and publicity hog. His public persona was charming, funny and affable. He was the face of Marvel for over half a century and probably the most famous man to have ever worked in the comics industry.

I got to know Stan when I was a young kid in the early to mid 1960s. My dad was a magazine editor at Martin Goodman's "Magazine Management" publishing company, and he shared an adjoining office with Stan for a decade, between 1954-66. Mario Puzo's editorial office was also nearby. My brothers and I would often visit and I always made a beeline for the Marvel comics offices, where Stan held court. He couldn't have been nicer to me, like a favorite uncle handing out candy, although in Stan's case, brand new Marvel comic books. Stan took a liking to me, especially after he learned I liked to draw cartoons. He'd often exclaim "Someday Drew is going to draw for MARVEL!" That was not to be although I did intern at Marvel for a week at age 14 in 1972 as part of a school work-study program.

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Comics legend Stan Lee dead at 95

The legendary comic-book author, publisher, and film producer Stan Lee has died. Read the rest

Kevin Smith offers ailing Stan Lee to move in with him

The Hollywood Reporter published a story yesterday about Marvel legend Stan Lee's horrible living situation. A document allegedly written by the 95-year-old Lee and his lawyer claims that he is the victim of elder abuse being perpetrated by his daughter, her lawyer, and others.

The Feb. 13 document, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, begins with some background, explaining that Lee and his late wife had arranged a trust for their daughter because she had trouble supporting herself and often overspent. “It is not uncommon for J.C. to charge, in any given month, $20,000 to $40,000 on credit cards, sometimes more,” the document states. It goes on to describe how, when he and his daughter disagree — “which is often” — she “typically yells and screams at me and cries hysterically if I do not capitulate.”

Lee explains that J.C. will, “from time to time,” demand changes to her trust, including the transfer of properties into her name. He has resisted such changes, he states, because they “would greatly increase the likelihood of her greatest fear: that after my death, she will become homeless and destitute.”

The declaration then explicates how three men with “bad intentions” — Jerardo “Jerry” Olivarez, Keya Morgan and J.C.’s attorney, Kirk Schenck — had improperly influenced his daughter, a woman with “very few adult friends.” The document claims the trio has “insinuated themselves into relationships with J.C. for an ulterior motive and purpose”: to take advantage of Lee and “gain control over my assets, property and money.”

From Uproxx:

Lee has denied and distanced himself from the document referenced above, but the report indicates that the “turmoil” between his daughter and the three men named has been ongoing and raised questions about the 95-year-old’s wellbeing.

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Jim Henson vs. Stan Lee rap battle

Henson and Lee battle to a place of grudging respect till spoiler Walt Disney shows up and (literally) owns them both. Read the rest

Stan Lee reinterprets the best four-letter word in the English language for us

Marvel Generalissimo Stan Lee has taken the internet podium (via his YouTube channel, World of Heroes) to let us all know that we've all been taking the phrase "Fuck you" the wrong way this whole time. We should embrace this blunt, two-syllable phrase not as a curse, but a benediction! And if there's anything the world needs right now, it's a little positivity. (via Stan Lee on Facebook) Read the rest