Those of us under the age of 95 are waking up to our first day in a post-Stan Lee world, and it's a lot less super today than it was yesterday.
Stan Lee died yesterday and almost spontaneously my Facebook, Twitter, and Feedly feeds were full of tributes and kind words for The Man from the great and good.
By now you will have read many of these, maybe shed a tear, and are coming to terms with the loss of an icon, a legend who helped shape the geek-dominant cultural landscape of today.
I've said many time before how one of my earliest childhood memories is young me getting his mind-blown reading a British reprint of Fantastic Four #17, a comic that shaped the course of my hobbies... and thus, my life.
Another early memory is lying on my gran's floor, writing and drawing my own comics primarily featuring my own primitive takes on some of Stan's classic creations: such as Thor, The Hulk, and, of course, Spider-Man.
Sadly those first forays into the world of creativity are now long lost to the landfill of history.
Thank you, Stan, for the constant inspiration, the incredibly broad portfolio of characters and storylines, and your contributions to the worlds of comics, television, and film.
It's not too audacious a claim to say that without Stan Lee, I wouldn't be the person I am today, wouldn't have the same interests, wouldn't be writing HeroPress etc
He was my idol, my hero and inspiration, and it breaks my heart that he's gone.
After he lost his beloved Joan in 2017, I noticed parallels in Stan's decline with my mother after she lost dad. The two were so intertwined, emotionally, so in love, that one just couldn't survive without the other.
We all knew, sadly, that Stan wasn't really immortal, but I think we also, secretly, hoped that he would buck the trend and actually live forever.
Thankfully, we still have not only his magnificent body of work - which, in itself, would take a lifetime to read - but also the continuing lives, across many platforms, of all the characters he had a hand in creating.
You can read tributes to Stan here from the BBC and Hollywood Reporter, and from Marvel Comics here.
Excelsior, True Believers!
With Great Power, There Must Also Come Great Responsibility.
|Spider-Man's origin: Amazing Fantasy #15|