On the eve of the opening of the new Spider-Man film, there’s some sad news to report. Joan Lee, wife of Stan for nearly seventy years, passed earlier today. She was ninety three.
Joan Lee’s role in the comics industry went beyond just being Stan’s wife. By Stan’s own account, she pushed him into sticking with Marvel and writing his own way. She was also the inspiration for Gwen Stacy, the unofficial patroness saint of this blog.
It’s being reported that she suffered a stroke earlier this week and had been hospitalized. Stan made an appearance at the Los Angeles premiere of the new Spidey film last week but did not stick around to see the movie. It’s possible Joan’s health may have been the reason why.
Deepest condolences to Stan and the Lee family. R.I.P., Joan Lee.