Wei-Ning Yu
July 08, 2017 1:41 pm
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Sadly, Joan Lee, the beloved wife of Marvel creator Stan Lee, died Thursday at 95. She suffered a stroke earlier in the week, and was hospitalized shortly thereafter. Marvel paid tribute to the super special lady in a statement, saying, “We lost a member of the Marvel family today.”

The couple had been married for 69 years, and their love story is one for the ages. According to all who knew them, they were extraordinarily devoted to each other. Stan and Joan proved that “love at first sight” isn’t just a saying, it’s a wondrous real-life phenomenon.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Joan, a former British hat model, impulsively married an American soldier during WWII after her childhood sweetheart married another woman. They moved to New York, where Joan was extremely unhappy. Who should be in New York at the exact same time? Lo and behold — Stan Lee.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter, Stan recounted the fortuitous chain of events that lead to his meeting the love of his life, Joan.

“When I was young, there was one girl I drew; one body and face and hair. It was my idea of what a girl should be. The perfect woman. And when I got out of the Army, somebody, a cousin of mine, knew a model, a hat model at a place called Laden Hats. He said, ‘Stan, there’s this really pretty girl named Betty. I think you’d like her. She might like you. Why don’t you go over and ask her to lunch’ … So I went up to this place. Betty didn’t answer the door. But Joan answered…I took one look at her — and she was the girl I had been drawing all my life.”

Pause for major swooning!

Stan continued,

What a beautiful memory. We’re so sorry for your loss, Stan, but we know your love will live on.