Joan Lee, the wife of comic book legend Stan Lee has died at 93
Joan Lee, the wife of beloved comic book legend Stan Lee, has passed away at the age of 93. Marvel Entertainment has posted an official statement about her death, saying, “We are so saddened to hear about the loss of Joan Lee. We lost a member of the Marvel family today and our thoughts and prayers go out to Stan and his daughter Joan in this difficult time.” Stan and Joan had two children – J.C. (Joan Celia), who was born in 1950, and Jan, who was born in 1953 but passed away three days after her birth.
“I can confirm the sad news that Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family,” a spokesperson for Stan Lee and his family said in a statement to THR. “The family ask that you please give them time to grieve and respect their privacy during this difficult time.”
Joan Lee reportedly suffered a stroke earlier in the week. She and Stan were married on December 5, 1947 and remained so until her passing on Thursday. Stan has credited his wife with helping him create The Fantastic Four, telling him to create something he was proud of before he quit his job in the comics industry. Joan Lee recently appeared in a cameo in X-Men: Apocalypse with her husband. She was the voice of Madame Web in the animated Spider-Man TV series that ran from 1996-1998. She was the voice of Miss Forbes and Old Woman in The Fantastic Four animated series in 1994 and appeared as herself in the recent documentary, With Great Power: The Stan Lee Story, and Stan Lee’s Mutants, Monsters & Marvels.
Joan Lee was also a writer, publishing the 1987 book The Pleasure Palace about a man trying to build a fantastic ocean liner and romancing women.
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