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Metropolis Superman Honors Stan Lee With Black Armband

Even Superman is mourning Stan Lee’s passing last week.

The Superman statue in Metropolis, Illinois, was adorned with a black armband on Thursday, a tribute to the Marvel Comics legend, according to KSN News. The 15-foot painted bronze statue sits outside the Super Museum, a repository dedicated to the history and memorabilia of the iconic DC Comics character. Black armbands are a sign of mourning.

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Metropolis is famous for its annual Superman Celebration, which happens on the second weekend of June each year. Fans from all over the world gather for the celebration, which often includes celebrity guests from movies, television and comics. Although Lee was primarily known for his work at Marvel, the city nonetheless wanted to honor the comics legend for his contributions to comics as a whole.

Metropolis was named the official "Hometown of Superman” in 1972 by both DC Comics and the state of Illinois. In addition to the Superman statue and museum, a statue of Noel Neill’s Lois Lane from The Adventure of Superman also stands in the city, and the local newspaper is named The Metropolis Planet, after the fictional Metropolis’ Daily Planet.

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Comics legend Stan Lee died Monday at 95 years old. The former Marvel editor-in-chief and co-creator of many of Marvel’s most famous characters was laid to rest in a private ceremony, as per his wishes. Prior to his death, Lee recorded cameos for the upcoming animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and Avengers 4.

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