Stan Lee recuperating following pacemaker surgery

Following the sudden cancellation of two appearances this week in Ohio and talk of "a very serious circumstance," many fans began to express concern about the health of legendary creator Stan Lee. But this afternoon the 89-year-old writer released a statement to announce he's recuperating after having a pacemaker implanted.

"Attention, Troops! This is a dispatch sent from your beloved Generalissimo, directly from the center of Hollywood’s combat zone!" Lee wrote on the POW! Entertainment website. "Now hear this! Your leader hath not deserted thee! In an effort to be more like my fellow Avenger, Tony Stark, I have had an electronic pace-maker placed near my heart to insure that I’ll be able to lead thee for another 90 years. But fear thee not, my valiant warriors. I am in constant touch with our commanders in the field and victory shall soon be ours. Now I must end this dispatch and join my troops, for an army without a leader is like a day without a cameo!"

Lee, who turns 90 in December, of course ended the statement with "Excelsior!"

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