Stan Lee’s company, POW! Entertainment, has released an open letter to Bill Maher regarding his comments about comic books and specifically his opinion about former Marvel Comics editor and publisher Stan Lee’s contributions to the medium.
The statement admits that the noted political commentator and television host is entitled to his opinion that comics are childish and unsophisticated, citing that people said the same thing about other great writers throughout history, such as Charles Dickens or William Shakespeare. Regardless, the statement does not mince words in regards to Maher's comment that Stan Lee, who created a great majority of the characters Marvel Comics is known for, merely inspired people “to watch a movie,” and characterize the comment as "frankly disgusting."
The statement notes that countless people learned to read through comics, or found a greater appreciation for humanity found through their favorite heroes or villains. It is also pointed out that Lee's stories gave hope and inspiration to the misunderstood and creative souls of multiple generations. The struggles found in his comics were relatable to anybody, regardless of whether they were an adult or a child, as Stan is remembered as “the author of millions of happy childhood memories and the provider of so many of the positive tools of adulthood.”
The statement concludes with a classic “Nuff said, Bill,” but not before reminding Maher of the power of his media presence, and that he should adhere to one of Lee's greatest lessons by acknowledging the great responsibility that comes along with that power. Considering the strong response Maher's comments have received from professional creators and fans alike, he would do well to remember that.
POW! Entertainment was formed in 2001 by Gill Champion, Arthur Lieberman and former Marvel Comics editor and publisher Stan Lee. Bill Maher is an American comedian, political commentator and television host. He is known for his HBO political talk show Real Time with Bill Maher and Politically Incorrect, which was canceled in 2002.