It's a little late to the party and a little late in the day for me to write down just how much Stan "The Man" Lee meant to me (or how I still can't really wrap my head around him being gone), but I found a great quote from him that I think will help encapsulate what kind of a man he was, as well as a little tribute I did to him on that page that will hopefully summarize just how much he did for us all (even if we didn't realize it before).
From Crappy Ol' Me
It's still hard to believe he's really gone...It's like if someone told you "Oh, hey, we don't have a sky anymore. It's just not there anymore." Someone so fundamental to...well, EVERYTHING, that imagining the world without him just didn't seem possible. I think I might still have trouble realizing he's moved on even a few days from now.
One of the few artists to be appreciated in his own lifetime and a rare entity that could understand the artistic and business side of entertainment, he touched SO MANY people with his comics, the cartoons and movies based on them and even a Japanese adaptation of old Spidey that was NOWHERE near accurate, but wound up revolutionizing what would later become Power Rangers; even when he wasn't directly involved, Mr. Lee made all of our lives better in some way or another. He was one of the last links we had back to the Silver Age of Comics and a time when entertainment (and society as a whole) was steeped in momentous change and unpredictability. We've truly lost not only a great man, but a window back to a time that formed the FOUNDATION of so many things we know about today.
It's a crying shame that so few people tried to be the heroes he described in this quote when he was being bled dry for heartless peoples' greed, but I'll have to take some solace in knowing that he spent his final days with his daughter. We no longer have him, but neither do greedy people and the ravages of age. I'd like to think that he's reunited with his wife now, and his old partners and friends like Bob Kane, Jack Kirby and Steve Ditko; as rocky as things may have gotten between them in life, I'm sure that water is all under the bridge on the other side.
Thank you for everything, Mr. Lee. I can't imagine what the world will be like without you, but your influence on this world will never fade, whether we know it or not.
From The Man Himself
This quote was brought to me (in such simple, but elegant fashion) by Euderion
, who has his own wonderful breakdown on Mr. Lee's legacy.