End of an era! The legendary Marvel Comics writer Stan Lee, 95, breathed his last early Monday morning. Lee will always be remembered as the father of superheroes. He was the one who created Black Panther, Spider-Man, the X-Men, the Mighty Thor, Iron Man, the Incredible Hulk, Daredevil and Ant-Man. Lee himself was no less than a real-life superhero. As a tribute to him, we compile a list of some of Lee’s famous quotes from his work and from his life.
"With great power there must also come—great responsibility!" -Spider-Man comic, Amazing Fantasy #15, in 1962
"It's not that when you're powerful you have to have vulnerability. It's that if you're writing about a character, if he's a powerful character, unless you give him vulnerability I don't think he'll be as interesting to the reader."
"Just keep busy. I think the most important thing is to be busy, because if you have work occupying you, you don’t have time to worry about the other serious problems in life."
"And those in this world of ours who are not the heroes, and who in fact may be the villains, are the ones who always follow the easy path."
“We tried to make our characters as human and empathetic as possible. Instead of merely emphasizing their super feats, we attempted to make their personal life and personal problems as realistic and as interesting as possible. We wanted to make them seem like real people whom the reader would like to spend time with and want to know better.”
"[Being a ‘geek’] has become a badge of honor. It’s geeks who really make or break a TV show or movie or video game. They’re the ones who are passionate about these things and who collect [the paraphernalia] and talk about them. A geek is really somebody interested in communication and entertainment and [finding] the best way to avail himself or herself to it..”
“Luck's a revolving door, you just need to know when it's your time to walk through.” — Lucky Man
"There is only one who is all powerful, and his greatest weapon is love." -Silver Surfer
"Some people will say, 'Why read a comic book? It stifles the imagination. If you read a novel you imagine what people are like. If you read a comic, it’s showing you.' The only answer I can give is, 'You can read a Shakespeare play, but does that mean you wouldn’t want to see it on the stage?"
"You know, my motto is 'Excelsior.' That's an old word that means 'upward and onward to greater glory.' It's on the seal of the state of New York. Keep moving forward, and if it's time to go, it's time. Nothing lasts forever."