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Remembering Stan Lee, a true hero to us all

Pure Fandom writers discuss Stan Lee's lasting impact on their lives.

Stan Lee, the imaginative and spunky head of Marvel Comics and creator of so many of the world’s most beloved characters, has passed away at the age of 95. Stan Lee didn’t just give us heroes, to most comic fans, he was one. He was also one of the most treasured parts of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, appearing as random characters for quick, fun cameos. Although his roles in those movies was small, his absence will leave a huge hole in the MCU and in our hearts.

It should come as no surprise that the writers at PureFandom.com are super nerds. Some of us built our writing careers here on the backs of the heroes and villains created by Stan Lee. We asked the writers at PureFandom.com to share how Stan Lee impacted them personally.

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Liz Prugh: Stan Lee not only revolutionized storytelling, but he created characters that everyone can relate to and look up to. Just because you are “different”, or a woman, it doesn’t matter. Everyone can be a hero. Thank, you Stan. #Excelsior

Jonathan Jones: Stan Lee’s characters were more than just made up people at the center of excellent stories. They were an honest mirror that helped society see the truth of itself. I will be drowning myself in his old interviews all week. Thank you, Stan. You’ve given us all more than we deserve. “Nuff’ said.” #Excelsior

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Magan Yusuf: Black Panther broke a lot of ground when Stan and Jack Kirby introduced him in the mid 60s. He was Marvel’s first ever black hero. T’Challa went against the grain in a lot of ways. He’s not a supporting player, nor a sidekick. He’s a warrior king/genius that can carry his own series. If you need proof, look at the Black Panther film. Comic book cinema got a little more diverse thanks to Stan. Wakanda forever!

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Tegan Hall: Stan Lee has impacted my life in so many huge ways – joining the Marvel fandom gave me some of my very best friends, for which I’m eternally grateful, his words on building characters – making these heroes flawed and human who go through so much, who make mistakes – strengthened my abilities as a writer. We lost a legend yesterday, but his legacy lives in, in these characters, and the lives he and his characters have touched.

Cort Robinson: One thing that I’ll always remember and love about Stan Lee is how passionate he was about this encompassing world that he helped create. There was something so joyful about the way he interacted with his heroes and the audiences that love them. He will be truly missed, but his legacy perseveres. Excelsior, sir.

Matt Coleman: My lasting impression of Stan Lee is one of an artist who never stopped. His success could have allowed him, at multiple points to stop, stand back, and admire a legacy of greatness. But instead, he continued to create and grow and improve. And because of his drive, his hustle, we all get to live with a greater diversity of heroes in our lives. Stan Lee will live forever in that wonderfully diverse group of misfits and marvels. Face front, True Believers!

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Meg Bonney: I will always be impressed with Stan Lee’s incredible career. Not only did he create these amazing characters, but he also revolutionized the comic industry with his innovative spin on writing them. His love for his work was clear and he will continue to be a huge influence on me and on artists, writers and creators for years to come!

RIP Stan Lee.

Your work and your passion will continue to live on in your characters, stories, and in our hearts.

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Meg Bonney

Meg is a TV obsessed writer based in the Midwest. She is also the author of the award winning YA-Fantasy novel, EVERLY and tends to be overly caffeinated. Find her on Twitter to chat about TV, books and Bellamy Blake's freckles.

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