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Excelsior! World of Warcraft pays tribute to Stan Lee

The Marvel Comics creator hangs out in Stormwind Keep

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World of Warcraft’s latest patch in the public test realm adds an NPC to Stormwind Keep, called Stormwind Stanley, who looks somewhat familiar.

That is, of course, a tribute to Stan Lee, the former writer, editor, and publisher of Marvel Comics who died in November. Stormwind Stanley doesn’t do much other than take a long stroll around the keep and its grounds, but its a chance for fans to walk with the creator of Iron Man, the Hulk, and Spider-Man. Stanley he also greets passers-by with “Excelsior!” Lee’s signature valediction.

Miners discovered two other models for the Lee tribute character, but so far it’s unknown where they are in the game. Wowhead has all three models to look at in greater detail.

Blizzard included a similar tribute to actor Robin Williams in World of Warcraft following his death in 2014.

Lee, 95, died Nov. 12, 2018. He began working in comic books at age 17, beginning with a Captain America story for Timely Comics, the forerunner of Marvel Comics. Lee oversaw the label’s renaissance with the creation of The Fantastic Four in 1961 and, later, most of the principal characters of what is now called the Marvel Universe.

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