The beloved wife of Marvel Comics Legend Stan Lee, Joan passed away at the age of 93 on July 6 in Los Angeles, California, most likely due to complication from a stroke she suffered earlier in the week.
A statement as released yesterday from a spokesperson for Stan Lee and his family saying, “I can confirm the sad news that Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family. The family ask that you please give them time to grieve and respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Marvel themselves released their own statement about the passing. “We are so saddened to hear about the loss of Joan Lee. We lost a member of the Marvel family today and our thoughts and prayers go out to Stan and his daughter Joan in this difficult time.”
Joan was the light of Stan’s life and often a central figure in some of his stories. The former hat model and comic book writer were married on December 5, 1947 and remained together ever since.
Such a case was how she inspired Stan to create the Fantastic Four, of which she as credited in early issues of the book. Lee at the point was depressed with his career path and thought about leaving the comics industry due to the state of it at that time.
Lee recalled Joan saying, “Before you quit, why don’t you write one comic you are proud of?” If not for her we never would have gotten the first family of comics.
Joan herself wrote a novel titled The Pleasure Palace that was published back in 1987. In addition to that, she also had three unpublished novels according to J.C.
Joan is survived by Stan and their daughter J.C. (Joan Celia).
We here at Don’t Hate the Geek extend our deepest condolences to Stan Lee and the family and friends of Joan Lee.