On Thursday, July 6, fans received the sad news that Joan Lee, Stan Lee's wife of 70 years, had passed away at the age of 93 due to complications from a stroke. Following this announcement, people from all corners of the entertainment industry — including comic book writers, movie directors and actors who play Lee's characters — lovingly came together to support Lee in this difficult time. Here's what they had to say:
Shortly after #JoanLee's passing, the company to which Lee devoted his career released this statement through its official website:
"We are so saddened to hear about the loss of Joan Lee. We lost a member of the Marvel family today and our thoughts and prayers go out to Stan and his daughter Joan in this difficult time."
The President of #DC Entertainment, Diane Nelson, penned this message on behalf of the company, stating the most beautiful story Stan Lee ever told was that of how he met his wife:
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"Of all the great stories Stan Lee has to tell, the most touching is of the day he met Joan, the British model who would become his future wife. Instantly smitten, Stan proposed the first day of their meeting, beginning a beautiful, enviable life together for nearly seven decades. Everyone at DC is truly saddened to hear of the passing of Joan Lee and our hearts go out to Stan and his family in this time of loss."
Various actors from different Marvel live-action properties ––– including movies and television ––– also made sure to send out love and support for the creator:
The actor, who made his debut as #BlackPanther last year in Captain America: Civil War, offered his support on behalf of all the Avengers, telling Stan Lee that Earth's Mightiest Heroes were thinking about him and his family:
Saldana, who portrays #Gamora in the Guardians of the Galaxy films — and is about to reprise her role in next year's Avengers: Infinity War — sent this tweet:
Deborah Ann Woll
Woll, known for her role as Karen Page in Netflix's Daredevil, said this:
Dalton, who portrayed double agent Grant Ward in the past four seasons of ABC's #AgentsOfSHIELD, posted a message accompanied by this lovely picture of the couple together:
Several renowned comic book creators also came together to send messages:
The comic book writer, well-known for his work on #SpiderMan — one of Lee's most famous creations — sent his love to Lee's family:
The comic book artist and DC executive worked with Marvel for several years in the '80s and '90s, and also worked directly with Stan Lee during an appearance in Lee's TV series, The Comic Book Greats. He sent this loving to the creator:
Kevin Smith has known Lee for over a decade, and they've forged a strong relationship over the years, so he posted an emotional letter through Instagram:
Smith recalled interviewing Joan Lee recently for an upcoming commemoration of Stan Lee's lengthy career:
"Rest in Peace Joan Lee, beloved wife of Stan Lee. Back in January, I got to interview this amazing woman for a Legion M Official 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 Fantastic Four ––– 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."
Walt Simonson, who has worked with Marvel since the '80s in titles like Spider-Man and The Avengers, posted this message on Twitter:
#MarvWolfman, best known for his contributions to the Teen Titans and the overall DC Universe, also sent his condolences:
Liefeld –– who's best know for co-creating Deadpool –– had this to say:
"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 Stan Lee 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'!"
It's lovely to see Stan Lee and his family getting this kind of support from those working in the industry that he helped to popularize. Joan Lee was Stan's greatest partner, so hopefully these displays of love help the creator through this difficult time.