Writer Roy Thomas shared his thoughts on Stan Lee's life in the wake of his passing earlier today.
"I'm sadder than I can say that Stan has died, even though I know, from my recent phone conversations with him, that he was more than ready to leave this Earth," Thomas said on his manager John Cimino's Facebook page. "I'm so grateful that, by sheer circumstance, I got to spend a half hour or so with him this past Saturday, less than 48 hours before he passed away."
"At that time, it was obvious that he lacked much of the old Stan Lee energy that everybody had got to know at conventions and in movie cameos," he continued. "But when I asked him about future cameos, he expressed a real interest in making them, if he could find a way to do it without their being too much trouble."
Thomas has had a long and notable history with his former boss at Marvel Comics. Thomas was the first writer to take over Amazing Spider-Man after Lee took leave as writer of the title featuring the iconic character he co-created with Steve Ditko. Thomas also took over Lee's role as Editor-in-Chief at Marvel from 1972 through 1974.
"I consider myself so very lucky to have known and worked with him for so many years," Thomas concluded. "One of the most important mythmakers of the 20th century."