Spiderman, Iron Man and The X-Men. Comic book heroes beloved by millions who would not exist without their co-creator Stan Lee.
“His biggest single gift was to be a storyteller,” said Clyde’s Comic & Fantasy Shop owner Neil Robertson. “He utilized it well.”
Across the country, Lee is remembered after his death Monday — including here in the Stateline. Robertson grew up on Marvel Comics and calls Lee a game-changer.
“I don’t think you can read a comic book without being aware of Stan,” explained Robertson. “He changed the way comic books were created.”
Top Cut Comics employee Mike Lamps agrees. He says by humanizing his superheroes he was able to capture the imaginations of readers of all ages.
“He was able to relate adult ideas to kids and as they grew up to be teenagers and adults,” said Lamps. “That’s part of the great appeal for a lot of the stuff that he wrote.”
For one comic book fan, Stan Lee’s ability to make Marvel characters, like Spiderman, have every day problems is why he was able to enjoy them so much.
“I feel like a lot of people can connect to a lot of Stan Lee’s characters in that way,” said Forrest Winstead. “They’re very understandable in some normal degree as well also being these larger than life characters.”
Comic book lovers says although Stan is an icon that will be missed, his mark on pop culture and the comic book industry will forever inspire.
“There’s hundreds and hundreds of creators now that write and draw comics because of what Stan Lee did,” said Lamps.
“We will be talking about him,” said Winstead. “[We will be] thinking of him and his characters for a very, very long time to come.”
Stan lee was 95 years old. The cause of death is not yet known.