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Stan Lee’s company responds to Bill Maher’s bad jibes at the departed comic book legend

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The death of Stan Lee last week, left a void in the hearts and minds of many a comic book fan. Beyond even that printed medium, Lee’s passing was felt further across all spheres of pop culture. Heck, the ambassador of comic books and movie cameos was as lovable as could be, even in the twilight years of his life. Always smiling, always spinning a story or two and always being a beacon of positivity. If Stan Lee was an influence on the hearts and minds of many of the people who would go on to redefine entertainment, then he was the kind of inspiration that almost no one could speak ill of after he had died.

Almost no one.

Cue out of touch American entertainment personality Bill Maher, who used his blog last week to bash Lee’s legacy and poke fun at anyone for loving comic books:

Now, I have nothing against comic books – I read them now and then when I was a kid and I was all out of Hardy Boys. But the assumption everyone had back then, both the adults and the kids, was that comics were for kids, and when you grew up you moved on to big-boy books without the pictures.  But then twenty years or so ago, something happened – adults decided they didn’t have to give up kid stuff. And so they pretended comic books were actually sophisticated literature.

While Maher is indeed entitled to his opinion in much the same way that I’m entitled to my opinion of Maher as a second-rate waste of blood and oxygen whose relevance is equal to that of a bin filled with discarded circumcision remnants, Stan Lee’s POW! Entertainment had a more diplomatic response to the attention-seeking media organism.

“Mr. Maher: Comic books, like all literature, are storytelling devices. When written well by great creators such as Stan Lee, they make us feel, make us think and teach us lessons that hopefully make us better human beings,” the statement read.

One lesson Stan taught so many of us was tolerance and respect, and thanks to that message, we are grateful that we can say you have a right to your opinion that comics are childish and unsophisticated. Many said the same about Dickens, Steinbeck, Melville and even Shakespeare.

But to say that Stan merely inspired people to “watch a movie” is in our opinion frankly disgusting. Countless people can attest to how Stan inspired them to read, taught them that the world is not made up of absolutes, that heroes can have flaws and even villains can show humanity within their souls. He gave us the X-Men, Black Panther, Spider-Man and many other heroes and stories that offered hope to those who felt different and bullied while inspiring countless to be creative and dream of great things to come.

These are but a few of the things we the fans of Stan Lee also consider “adulting,” because life both as a child and grown-up can indeed be a struggle. Stan is the author of millions of happy childhood memories and the provider of so many of the positive tools of adulthood. Our shock at your comments makes us want to say “‘Nuff said, Bill,” but instead we will rely on another of Stan’s lessons to remind you that you have a powerful platform, so please remember: “With great power there must also come — great responsibility!”

You know, there’s nothing wrong with not liking comic book movies, or their source material. That’s fine, that’s normal, but to lambast people for enjoying that content? That’s not cool at all. At least the legacy of Lee lives on, through his companies and the people who knew him best.

Last Updated: November 21, 2018

20 Comments

  1. OUTRAGE WOOHOO!!
    But seriously he didn’t attack Stan Lee directly. He said comics are for kids, and it’s his right to think that.

    I think his point is basically that we have such easy lives as adults these days we can spend more time on the same kind of things we did when we were kids. The people who were dying in trenches 100 years ago didn’t have time to rant and speculate about Infinity Stones on the internet (if any of those existed). We’ve become “soft”, as some people would put it. Also a lot of people care more about the next Avengers movie than climate change or any other major important world event.

    And in that he has a valid point. It is a shame though that he chose Stan Lee’s death to make it.

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  2. The Big Bad Wolf

    November 21, 2018 at 17:28

    Surely we have reached a point in the discourse where comic books are no longer regarded as “immature” or “low art”? I can understand the jury still being out on video games, but come on!

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  3. ced1106

    November 21, 2018 at 21:48

    BM was relevant back when… wait, *Hardy Boys*??? :O

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    • Magoo

      November 22, 2018 at 08:02

      Every Hardy Boys book that still exists is at least 3rd-hand.

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  4. G8crasha

    November 22, 2018 at 08:02

    “There is no such thing as bad publicity”. Some people make statements that they know aren’t true, but do so to drum up publicity. Potentially, this is a case in point. I had never heard of Bill Maher before this article. Now I have. I don’t intend to pursue finding out more about him, but now I’ve heard the name. “There is no such thing as bad publicity”

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    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      November 26, 2018 at 13:10

      You really should watch him. Youtube Bill Maher vs Ben Shapiro or Jordan Peterson. It’s nice to watch them rip him apart on live TV.

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  5. Gavin Mannion

    November 22, 2018 at 08:35

    I don’t know who Bill Baher is… but he sounds like a proper dickhead.

    I don’t read comics, I find them overpriced. But if they make people happy then great,

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    • Gr8_Balls_o_Fire

      November 26, 2018 at 13:11

      You really should watch him. Youtube Bill Maher vs Ben Shapiro or Jordan
      Peterson. It’s nice to watch them rip him apart on live TV..

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  6. Captain JJ

    November 22, 2018 at 11:35

    There’s always a bottom feeder who will use something like this to worm their way into getting noticed. Kind of sad really.

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  7. ced1106

    November 22, 2018 at 11:46

    BM is an ignorant self-appointed authority, he spouts insults and belittles others, then wonders why they turn against him. He looks no further than FWP and discarded the idea of the progressive liberal for that of the aggressive busybody who passes judgement on other people’s private lives without even attempting to understand them. I wouldn’t go as far as calling him a SJW, but he’s certainly an explanation of where they came from.

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