Fans and colleagues of Stan Lee have repeatedly expressed concern about his well-being following the death last year of his wife Joan, a police investigation into accusations of elder abuse, and questions about whether the comics legend's business manager has his best interests in mind. But, as Rob Liefeld learned when paying a visit to Lee, it takes more than that to keep the 95-year-old creator down for long.
Liefeld share a photo on Instagram of his visit, assuring fans that Lee is doing, in his own words, "really really well."
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SUNDAY WITH STAN! Well, my Saturday, but your Sunday. Let’s get right to it, how great does @therealstanlee look in this photo?? He’s doing really, really well, his own words actually. I had the pleasure of sitting with him yesterday for an extended period and it was a delight. My visiting him was something that I was fortunate to have been extended by Stan’s family and friends a few weeks back, I told them to let me know the morning of, in case Stan was too tired or not feeling up to it. I got the call Friday and then Saturday a.m. to come on over. When I saw Stan, my heart soared, his color was great and his eyes were wider than I’d seen them in quite some time. He was vibrant and spry. I told him that everyone would be thrilled to see how good he was doing. That’s when he said “I’m doing well, tell them I’m doing well.” He said “Can you believe I’m 95 years old, Rob? I’m still here at 95, who would have thought?” I told him how traveling with him a few years back opened my eyes to the tremendous energy and stamina he possessed. I look at him as I do my mom, but 20 years older, he’s amazing. We talked of his moving to L.A. in the 70’s to set up Marvel properties in film and tv. I informed him that Disney was bringing the Fox family of Marvel characters home, that they’d be reunited and he settled back in his chair and he smiled “Thank you for telling me that.” We talked of his working with educators in the 70’s to carry comics in libraries, how my vocabulary was improved by his writing all that jargon for all the scientists he created, Tony Stark, Reed Richards and Hank Pym. Stan expressed his love of Deadpool, especially the film. He said, “I can’t believe all the X-rated stuff he gets away with.” I told him, that’s all @vancityreynolds 😂😂😂 We talked smart ass characters and how we’re all smart asses inside. I added that there is no Deadpool without Spider Man! There was much more, but the bottom line is, July 28, 2018, Stan was in great spirits and in great care. Thank you to Jon Bollerjack and the family for bringing me up. I was deeply moved and I’m so grateful to have shared time with him. #stanlee #marvel #spiderman #deadpool #robliefeld
"When I saw Stan, my heart soared, his color was great, and his eyes were wider than I'd seen them in quite some time," Liefeld recounted. "He was vibrant and spry, and I told him that everyone would be thrilled to see how good he was doing. That’s when he said 'I’m doing well, tell them I’m doing well.' He said, 'Can you believe I’m 95 years old, Rob? I’m still here at 95, who would have thought?'”
Liefeld also shared with Lee that, with shareholder approval of Disney's acquisition of key assets of 21st Century Fox, that the film rights to the X-Men and Fantastic Four would return to Marvel. "He settled back in his chair and he smiled, 'Thank you for telling me that,'" Liefeld wrote.