Tapes reveal stan lee's bitter battle with daughter j

The pair, who met when the Marvel quái dị was supposed khổng lồ take her friend on a date, were married for 69 years.


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Joan Lee, the wife of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, died Thursday in Los Angeles. She was 95.

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“I can confirm the sad news that Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family,” a spokesperson for Stan Lee and his family said in a statement khổng lồ The Hollywood Reporter. “The family ask that you please give them time lớn grieve & respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

Joan Lee suffered a stroke earlier in the week and was hospitalized, according lớn sources.

The British former hat mã sản phẩm and Lee were married on Dec. 5, 1947, và were by all accounts hopelessly devoted to lớn each other. They had two children: J.C. (Joan Celia), who was born in 1950, & Jan, who died three days after her birth in 1953.


Marvel paid tribute to lớn her in a statement on Thursday: “We are so saddened lớn hear about the loss of Joan Lee. We lost a member of the Marvel family today và our thoughts & prayers go out to Stan và his daughter Joan in this difficult time.”


Last year, Lee recounted how he met his wife in a story for THR that celebrated his 75th anniversary in comics. After a childhood sweetheart wed another woman, Joan Clayton impulsively married an American soldier during World War II và moved lớn New York, where she was extremely unhappy. Meanwhile, a cousin of Lee’s wanted lớn set up the struggling writer with a hat model. Lee tells what happened next:

“When I was young, there was one girl I drew; one toàn thân and face and hair. It was my idea of what a girl should be. The perfect woman. Và when I got out of the Army, somebody, a cousin of mine, knew a model, a hat model at a place called Laden Hats. He said, ‘Stan, there’s this really pretty girl named Betty. I think you’d lượt thích her. She might lượt thích you. Why don’t you go over & ask her to lunch.’ Blah, blah, blah.

“So I went up to lớn this place. Betty didn’t answer the door. But Joan answered, and she was the head model. I took one look at her — and she was the girl I had been drawing all my life. Và then I heard the English accent. And I’m a nut for English accents! She said, ‘May I help you?’ và I took a look at her, & I think I said something crazy like, ‘I love you.’ I don’t remember exactly. But anyway, I took her to lunch. I never met Betty, the other girl. I think I proposed khổng lồ at lunch.”


In those days, the quickest way to lớn get divorced was to lớn move lớn Nevada & stay for six weeks khổng lồ establish residency. Soon after Joan arrived in Reno, Stan received a letter from her addressed to lớn “Jack,” và that worried him.

“Now I’m not the smartest guy in world,” recalled Lee. “I know my name isn’t ‘Jack.’ & so why did she write ‘Dear Jack’? Maybe I better go to lớn Reno và see what’s going on. I got there & she was waiting for me. & there’s three guys with her. They all look like John Wayne. Big Western guys! Rugged! và I get off the plane fresh from thành phố new york with my little porkpie hat & a little scarf and my gloves. & she’s with me. I thought, ‘I don’t have a chance.’ Luckily, I had a chance.”


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A judge granted Joan her divorce & about an hour later that judge married her và Lee in a room next door.

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The couple returned khổng lồ New York, where Lee worked at Marvel Comics forerunner Timely/Atlas Comics, a job he initially landed because his cousin Martin Goodman owned the company. Comics were a middling enterprise until Lee và Jack Kirby co-created the Fantastic Four in 1961 (followed by the Hulk, Avengers, Iron Man, X-Men và other characters) và turned the company, renamed Marvel Comics, into a pop culture powerhouse.

In some versions of the origin of the Fantastic Four, Lee credits Joan with inspiring him. He was depressed about his career (Lee had dreams of becoming a serious novelist) và the state of comics (the industry in the 1950s was dominated by stories of war, science fiction and romance, genres he didn’t like) and contemplated leaving the business.

“Before you quit,” Joan told him, “why don’t you write one comic you are proud of?” and thus was born the Fantastic Four.

In 1981, the Lees moved from thủ đô new york City khổng lồ California so Stan could work on developing Marvel TV and film projects. Joan did voice work on two 1990s animated Marvel shows, Fantastic Four (as Miss Forbes) và Spider-Man (as Madame Web). She also made a cameo in 2016’s X-Men: Apocalypse.


Joan Lee also wrote a 1987 novel, The Pleasure Palace, about a man striving khổng lồ build the most luxurious ocean liner ever while romancing several women at once. According to lớn her daughter, she had three more unpublished but finished novels at home.

On Friday, Stan’s Twitter trương mục shared a cartoon of the husband & wife together, swinging off into the sunset.

On behalf of Stan, thanks for the heartfelt condolences.He is well & truly appreciates the outpouring of love for Joan.-POW! Entertainment pic.twitter.com/AhtKjXWfvX