Joan Lee, Wife Of Stan Lee, Passes Away At 93

It is with a heavy heart we report on the passing of Joan Lee, the exceptional woman who had been married to comics legend Stan Lee for almost 70 years.  Joan was 93 years young, and still had that bright spark that caught Stan's eye.  He'd routinely *still* introduce her at events as his "trophy wife" with a wink and a smile.

The Hollywood Reporter first broke the news, publishing a statement from a Lee family spokesperson stating:

"I can confirm the sad news that Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family. The family ask that you please give them time to grieve and respect their privacy during this difficult time."

They go on to report that Mrs. Lee had suffered a stroke earlier this week, and had been recuperating in the hospital.

Joan Lee

Joan Lee hailed from South Shields, Tyneside, England. She met Stan when she was working as a hat model, and married to an America soldier – which didn't last long. Indeed, she married Stan in 1947 next door to the room in which she got divorced. They remained married since, had two children together, and a lifetime of creative offspring.  Stan often credited Joan with inspiring him to create the Fantastic Four, as she famously urged him to  "write one comic you are proud of," before quitting the industry entirely.

Joan Lee, Wife Of Stan Lee, Passes Away At 93
Madam Web

Fans of Marvel and the Lees know Joan appeared in animated form as Miss Forbes from the Fantastic Four series and Spider-Man the animated series as Madame Web.

Joan Lee, Wife Of Stan Lee, Passes Away At 93

The couple was most recently seen together during the celebration for Stan's much-deserved star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame presentation, smiling and laughing.

She was a lovely person, and by all accounts possessed a wickedly sharp sense of humor that helped keep Stan "The Man" on his toes for almost seven decades. Enjoy this interview with Joan from the 2002 documentary Mutants, Monsters & Marvels:

Our thoughts are with the Lee family during this time.

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About Mary Anne Butler

Bleeding Cool News Editor Mary Anne Butler (Mab, for short) has been part of the fast-paced world of journalism since she was 15, getting her start in album reviews and live concert coverage for a nationally published (print) music magazine. She eventually transitioned to online media, writing for such sites as UGO/IGN, ComicsOnline, Geek Magazine, Ace of Geeks, Aggressive Comix (where she is still Editor-in-Chief), and most recently Bleeding Cool. 

Over the past 10 years, she’s built a presence at conventions across the globe as a cosplayer (occasionally), photographer (constantly), panelist and moderator (mostly), and reporter (always). 

 Interviews, reviews, observations, breaking news, and objective reporting are the name of the game for the founder of Harkonnen Knife Fight, a Dune-themed band with an international presence. 

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