Sam Gilbey, Rob McCallum and more pay tribute to the comic book legend.
By now you'll probably have heard of the tragic passing of Stan Lee, the comic book artist and figurehead behind Marvel comics. While his recent cameos in the Marvel cinematic universe suggested his movie persona was actually that of an immortal alien from the 'Watcher' race, Stan died on Monday at the very human age of 95, leaving behind a legacy of co-created characters including Spider-Man, Hulk and the X-Men, all of whom will undoubtedly live forever in the pop culture pantheon.
As you can expect, the art world was quick to commemorate the great man, with illustrator Sam Gilbey catching our eye with this portrait and tweet.
An odd thing about origin story superhero films is that in these parallel universes we must assume these people inhabit worlds where the amazing creations of Stan Lee (and others) don’t already exist. Frankly that’s impossible to imagine. #StanLee we can never thank you enough. pic.twitter.com/IfkRqgOwtg— Sam Gilbey (@samgilbey) November 12, 2018
Digital Arts fave Butcher Billy has also brought his 'Golden Age' touch to proceedings, with this fantastic piece for an LA Times special on the great man.
Thank you #StanLee for the many gifts you shared with us all. Your storytelling, your characters and your creative genius. We’re honoured to have played a part in bringing some of your life’s work to the big screen. pic.twitter.com/3lYMa40h37— MPC Film (@MPC_Film) November 13, 2018
Artist Rob McCallum also shared this nice little story touching on one of Stan's favourite catchphrases.
Stan Lee could never understand my Scots accent. Years later, I introduced myself as the artist on Omega for the Excelsior line and great to finally meet him. He shook my hand, huge smile, said “I can tell by your accent, you’re from Brooklyn! Excelsior”and off he went! Perfect— Rob McCallum (@rob__mccallum) November 13, 2018
'Nuff said, to use another of Mr. Marvel's phrases. Rest in peace, Stan.