Fans are remembering Stan Lee a day after the legendary comic book writer passed away. Lee, the creator of Spider-Man, Iron Man, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Thor, Black Panther, and many other comic book heroes, passed away Monday at age 95.
Dave Powers, owner of Powers Comics in Ashwaubenon, proudly talks about the time he met Lee and received his autograph at a convention in 2012.
“He was genuinely nice,” Powers says. “He met thousands of people over the weekend, but he still took the time to talk to each person, even if it was briefly… You could tell he was just a genuine guy.”
Powers says that Lee’s success as a writer stemmed from creating more realistic heroes than had previously been depicted in the comics medium.
“The thing that Stan did that stood out, especially at the time when he was creating characters, was he made relatable characters,” Powers says. “They weren’t just superheroes, they were also people.”
Robert Fairman of the Green Bay area has been a Stan Lee fan for several decades. Fairman says when he was 10 years old, he mailed Lee asking for an autograph, and requesting that Lee personalize it.
“He sent it back ‘to Rollicking Rob, all the best, Stan’,” Fairman says.
Fairman says he was drawn to Lee’s superheroes, because they were down-to-earth and relatable.
“You had Spider-Man, who had all the teenage problems that teenage kids have, and yet, he’s a superhero,” Fairman says. “He’s doing his best to change the world for the best, and it made kids like me feel like I could do that too.”
“As far as comic book writers go, I can’t think of anyone that’s written more characters, created more impactful characters than Stan Lee,” Powers adds.
While Stan Lee has passed, he will live on through his work.
“The things that he did create – they will stand the test of time,” Fairman says.