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The comics world mourns Stan Lee

Writers, artists, editors and more took to social media to mark the passing of the legendary Stan Lee

“Let’s lay it right on the line. Bigotry and racism are among the deadliest social ills plaguing the world today,” Stan Lee wrote in 1968, a tumultuous and violent year in American history. It’s a sentence that many folks are choosing to eulogize the co-creator of much of the Marvel universe, as the comics world — where Lee’s influence looms the largest — reacts to his death.

“They can’t be halted with a punch in the snoot, or a zap from a ray gun,” Lee continued, in his monthly Stan’s Soapbox column that ran in the backmatter of Marvel Comics issues. “They only way to destroy them is to expose them — to reveal them for the insidious evils they really are.”

But, of course, when paying tribute to Lee’s legacy, there are a lot of words to choose from.

(Andrew Wheeler, comics editor and journalist.)

(Greg Pak, writer, Planet Hulk, Storm and Doctor Strange.)

(Mitch Gerads, artist, Mister Miracle, Batman.)

For some, the best way to pay tribute to Lee was through art — this is comics, after all.

(Alex Ross, artist, Marvels, Kingdom Come.)

(Bill Sienkiewicz, artist The New Mutants, Elektra.)

And for still others, the best way to honor Lee was to honor the moments they shared with the gregarious man himself — when he’d shaped their career not with his creations but with his presence.

(Jody Houser, writer, Faith, Star Wars, Mother Panic.)

(Gail Simone, writer, Deadpool, Birds of Prey, Plastic Man.)

(Scott Snyder, writer, Batman, Dark Nights: Metal, Justice League.)

(Jim Lee, artist, co-publisher of DC Comics.)

(Tom King, writer, Batman, The Vision, Mister Miracle.)

(Kevin McShane, cartoonist, impersonator.)

(Dan Slott, writer, Spider-Man, Iron Man, The Fantastic Four.)

(Rob Liefeld, artist, Deadpool, X-Force, The New Mutants.)

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(Mark Waid, writer, Daredevil, Captain America, Archie.)

(Neil Gaiman, writer, Marvel: 1602, Miracleman, The Sandman.)

Lee’s impish public persona touched many — and those who were around when he dropped it have been quick to emphasize that it was an exaggeration, not an act. Lee loved stories and people who loved stories. He had no reluctance about becoming a story himself.