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The Comics Industry Reacts to Bill Maher's Stan Lee Comments

Television host and political commentator Bill Maher has drawn the ire of the comic book world thanks to comments he made relating to the passing of Stan Lee, as well as the comics industry as a whole.

In a blog post, Maher was dismissive to the news of Lee's death, mocking those who are currently mourning the recently-departed industry legend, citing, "Deep, deep mourning for a man who inspired millions to, I don’t know, watch a movie, I guess."

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Maher then insulted adults who still actively partake in reading comics, even going as far as to try and draw a connection between comic book readers and the election of President Donald Trump, saying, "I don’t think it’s a huge stretch to suggest that Donald Trump could only get elected in a country that thinks comic books are important."

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Many creators pointed out the ignorance and tactlessness of Maher's comments, such as artist Greg Capullo (Batman, Dark Nights: Metal), writer Kurt Busiek (The Avengers, Action Comics) and writer Gail Simone (Domino, Batgirl).

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Other industry pros were more blunt in their response to Maher's comments, like writers Scott Snyder (Justice League, Dark Nights: Metal), Neil Gaiman (Black Orchid, The Sandman) and Frank Tieri (Harley Quinn, Jughead: The Hunger)

Meanwhile, other creators took a more comical approach to their thoughts on Maher, such as writers G. Willow Wilson (Ms. Marvel, Wonder Woman) and Tom Taylor (X-Men Red, Injustice)

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Finally, writer Tom King (Mister Miracle, Heroes in Crisis) tied it all back to Stan Lee, comparing Lee's now-famous piece on harmful rhetoric to Maher's thoughts on the matter.

The common thread here, of course, is that comic book professionals have proven that condescending remarks towards them, their readers and one of the most prevalent icons in the industry are not something they are going to take lying down.

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