Joan Lee, wife of Marvel Comics legend Stan Lee, passed away yesterday in Los Angeles.
The 93 year old Lee reportedly suffered a stroke earlier this week for which she was hospitalized.
The former British hat model and Lee, who met when Stan was supposed to take her friend out on a blind date, were married on December 5th, 1947. Known for being hopelessly devoted to each other, the pair would enjoy 69 years of marriage together, and go on to have two children: J.C. in 1950, and Jan, who passed away three days after her birth in 1953.
Before meeting Stan, Joan would impulsively wed an American soldier, in what turned out to be a very unhappy marriage. After a six-week stay in Reno, Nevada, a judge granted her divorce, and he married her and Stan in a room next door.
The pair would return to New York City where Stan Lee worked for Timely/Atlas Comics, now known as Marvel Comics. Stan would later cite Joan as the inspiration for the burgeoning Fantastic Four project he co-created with Jack Kirby in 1961.
The couple would move to California in 1981so Stan could develop Marvel TV and film works. During this time, Joan would lend her voice to the role of Madame Web in Spider-Man: The Animated Series and Fantastic Four during the 1990's. Should would also have a role in X-Men: Apocalypse in 2016.
The team at Infinite Earths would like to send our deepest sympathies to Stan Lee over the loss of his beloved wife, and to the friends and family of Joan Lee. May fond memories comfort you during this difficult time.
Rest In Peace, Joan. You will be missed.
Source: THR Heat Vision
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