Joan Lee, wife of Marvel legend Stan Lee, dead at 93

Joan Lee, the wife of Stan Lee, died Thursday after reportedly suffering a stroke.

She was 93.

“I can confirm the sad news that Joan Lee passed away this morning quietly and surrounded by her family,” a spokesperson said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter.

“The family ask that you please give them time to grieve and respect their privacy during this difficult time.”

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Lee, a former hat model, met the comic book creator when his cousin set him up with a different woman.

Instead, Joan ended up answering the door.

“I took one look at her — and she was the girl I had been drawing all my life. And then I heard the English accent. And I’m a nut for English accents!” Stan Lee, 94,told the Hollywood Reporter last year.

The couple was married for 69 years.

The couple was married for 69 years.

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“She said, ‘May I help you?’ And I took a look at her, and I think I said something crazy like, ‘I love you.’ I don’t remember exactly. But anyway, I took her to lunch. I never met Betty, the other girl. I think I proposed to (Joan) at lunch.”

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The couple was married in December 1947, shortly after Joan divorced her husband.

They had two children together: Jan, who died three days after she was born in 1953, and J.C., who has gone on to act in several movies.

Stan Lee spoke about Joan just days ago before giving a commencement speech at UCLA.

“I like everything about my life, so it’s fun. I’m lucky enough to have friends that I like, a wife that I love,” he told the Los Angeles Daily News.

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“And every day is a new adventure.”


Stan and Joan Lee are shown here in 1975 at opening day ceremonies of the First Mighty Marvel Comic Book Convention.


Joan Lee also worked in the Marvel world, voicing characters in the 1994 “Fantastic Four” TV series and the late `90s “Spider-Man” series.

She also penned the 1987 novel “Pleasure Palace” had a small role in “X-Men: Apocalypse” last year.

“We are so saddened to hear about the loss of Joan Lee,” Marvel said in a statement.

“We lost a member of the Marvel family today and our thoughts and prayers go out to Stan and his daughter Joan in this difficult time.”

Rest in Peace #JoanLee, beloved wife of @therealstanlee. Back in January, I got to interview this amazing woman for a @legionmofficial VR look-back at Stan’s career. I’ll never forget the moment she said “It’s always Spider-Man, Spider-Man, Spider-Man. They don’t know the amazing writer he really is.” She then talked about the words her longtime love had written for her over a lifetime spent together. There’s a very famous story about Stan wanting to leave @marvel, in which Joan advises him “Before you quit, write a comic you’re proud of.” That comic was #fantasticfour – the birth of the #marvel Universe. He told us tales of heroes but Joan was Stan’s personal superhero – and without her, we never get our modern mythology. They say behind every great man is a great woman. In this case, the great woman was always standing right beside him. Joan and Stan were best friends for 70 years. My heart goes out to my hero Stan, his daughter JC, their right hand Max and anyone who ever met Joanie. Thank you, Marvel Muse. We’ll miss you, Madame Web. #StanLee #KevinSmith

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