A legendary showman, Stan Lee embraced social media, answering questions from fans on YouTube, recording tongue-in-cheek "rants," and waging Twitter campaigns as our "Generalissimo." So it's only fitting that what's perhaps his final video message is an ode to his fans.
Lee, the co-creator of such iconic Marvel Comics characters as Spider-Man, Black Panther, the Avengers and the X-Men, passed away Monday morning at age 95.
On Wednesday, his Twitter account, managed by POW! Entertainment, posted a video of Lee that captured his spontaneous tribute to fandom as the crew was setting up in his home.
"It's an equal love-fest," says Lee, seated in his recliner. "I love my fans. I cannot tell you how much I love my fans. Sometimes, at night, when I'm sitting here, and I'm thinking, 'Oh, what's it all about?,' and then I get a letter from a fan, or I read something, or I see something, or I remember something, and I realize, it's so lucky to have fans -- fans who really care about you. And that's the reason I care so much about the fans, because they make me feel so great, and there's something, if you think about it, is just so wonderful about somebody caring about you as I care about them, whom you've never met, who may live in another part of the world. But they care, and you have something in common, and occasionally you contact each other. This business of fans, I think is terrific, and I love 'em all."
So many wonderful moments with Stan came spontaneously. As we were setting up the camera one day, he casually started talking about his fans. We know how much Stan meant to you, and we thought it would be nice for you to hear how much your support meant to him. pic.twitter.com/WTX8U1afLm— stan lee (@TheRealStanLee) November 14, 2018
Lee, who co-founded POW! Entertainment in 2001, sued the company for $1 billion earlier this year, but dropped the lawsuit in July. There had also been a dispute about who controlled Lee's social media accounts, but he and POW! issued a statement clarifying the matter; subsequent tweets by Lee were signified by the signoff "Stan."